NEV Legal Requirements:
NEV definitions, rules and regulations are covered in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) Sections 385.5, 21250 and 2160.
NEVs cannot be operated on roads that exceed 35 miles per hour.
They are not allowed in standard bike lanes less than 7 feet wide.
NEVs can cross roads that exceed 35 miles per hour if the crossing begins and ends on a 35 per mile or less road and if the two roads meet at approximately a 90 degree angle.
NEVs must be registered and licensed with the Department of Motor Vehicles and can only be operated by licensed drivers.
NEVs must be insured.
NEVs are very quiet so most pedestrians or cyclists will not be able to hear the vehicle until it is close by.
Some NEVs do not have reverse lights so the driver should pay attention when backing up.
When traveling on 35 mile per hour roads, drivers should be aware of faster moving vehicles and pull over to let them pass.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) details:
Has a range of around 30 miles between charges.
Federal regulations require NEVs to have license plates, seat belts, headlights, blinkers, wipers, and other safety features.
Can be charged via any 110V outlet (most normal outlets).
Yahoo NEV group: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/NEVs/ An on-line community for NEV users. Includes a comprehensive set of links and resources. Register for free and gain access to a wealth of information.
EV Trader: http://www.evtrader.com/ A site dedicated on on-line electric vehicle forums
NEV Portal: http://nevportal.com/ Website lists dealers, manufacturers, accessories and parts for NEVs.
Lincoln Neighborhood Vehicle Website: http://www.lincolnev.com/index.html A site dedicated to providing information to NEV users in Lincoln California. Contains useful information for NEV users in general.