What is a Low-Speed Vehicle?
A Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) is a street-legal, four-wheeled electric vehicle with a top speed of 25 mph and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 lbs. Most states allow LSVs to drive on roads marked 35 mph or less.
Low-speed vehicles are typically electric, with a range of about 30 miles.
What are the Requirements for Low-speed Vehicles?
Low-speed vehicles must adhere to the performance and safety standards set by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Association) which states that low-speed vehicles must be equipped with headlamps, front and rear turn signal lights, tail lights, stop lights, reflex reflectors, mirrors, parking brake, windshield, seat-belt assembly, and an alert sound (horn).
Where Can Low-speed Vehicles Be Driven?
Low-speed vehicles are restricted from roadways where the speed limit is greater than 35 mph (50 km/h). Please check your local regulations for more details.
What is the Difference Between an LSV and a Golf Cart?
Number of Passengers
2-6 depending on model
Smooth ride, spacious interior, customization options available to add doors, etc.
Must be operated by licensed driver
License not required
Rules & Regulations
Street-legal; varies by state/province
Standard three-point safety belt, headlights, turn signals
Optional seat belt, turn signal, headlights
25 mph (40 km/h)
Not to exceed 15 mph (24 km/h)