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Myths Regarding Electric Vehicles- Myth #8 Electric Vehicles are Banned on Many Major Roadways

(Rick Sanders, CEO, Tuesday, October 22, 2019)

Wow! That is going to be one heck of a ticket isn’t it?

Our blog series is exploring the myths around electric vehicles (EVs), and one of the more absurd ones (that we had to highlight and poke fun at) is that EV are banned on many major roadways. Forget those speed traps – police have their radar poised to detect all electric batteries, and you are derelict if you are driving that pristine environmentally sound chassis on those asphalt ribbons of highway. I cannot imagine how much that ticket is going to set you back!

Okay, YES, there are limits on golf carts and where they can be driven. Generally speaking, there are restrictions on EVs (or any other vehicle, for that matter) whose top speed is not greater than 25mph, which is why these are often referred to as “neighborhood EVs”. The best-selling EV models are Nissan Leaf with a top speed of 93mph, Tesla Model S with a top speed of 125-155mph (depending on the year and model), and the Tesla Model 3 has a top speed of 141mph. Clearly, the EVs currently on major roadways can easily exceed that neighborhood EV minimum speed.

Not only are EVs allowed on any type of road, some states with HOV lanes provide no restrictions, such as passenger occupancy, for low emission vehicles. Some HOV lanes are available to EVs without an occupancy requirement but only during certain hours of the day. And, some HOV lanes that require a fee for single occupancy use give a toll discount for EVs as one of many state incentives to purchase a low emission vehicle. California, for example, has goal of increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 1.5 million by the end of 2025. One way to meet that objective is incentivizing the purchase of EVs with the prospect of shorter commutes.

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