The vehicles must fall under federal safety standards and be titled and registered according to state law.
Megan Loiselle - The Wausau Daily Herald
- April 15, 2009
Finally, NEVs can actually go somewhere. --Ed.
Electric car enthusiasts will be able to drive their battery-operated vehicles on city streets in the near future.
The City Council passed the ordinance on a 7-0 vote Tuesday night in anticipation of increased interest in the "Neighborhood Electric Vehicles," which weigh less than 3,000 pounds and have a maximum speed of 25 mph.
The ordinance must receive approval from the Department of Transportation before it takes effect.
Mayor Doug Williams said electric cars are gaining in popularity as there is a push to "go green."
A representative from Reedsburg-based Columbia Par Car, which makes all types of electric cars, visited the city Monday to give Williams and other city officials a ride in a larger electric vehicle that had an enclosure for hauling materials.
Williams said he enjoyed the ride, but it was a little "bumpy" because the suspension isn't as good as a normal car.
Williams said the vehicles have potential official uses within the city, such as checking meters for the water and... [Read More]