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A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

What is a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle?

A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) is a small, enclosed, one or two passenger vehicle powered by rechargeable batteries and an electric motor. These vehicles are designed to be used within a city environment to run errands, commute to work or school, and to make small, local deliveries. NEVs are a low cost, environmentally friendly alternative to larger gasoline powered vehicles. As small vehicles they are easy to park, and less dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles. They are enclosed so they can be used in rainy weather. The batteries onboard an NEV can be recharged from any 110 volt, 20 amp outlet. NEVs typically carry one person because most trips in cities are made by only one person, and the vast majority of trips within cities are a short distance, so range is not a problem.


Why A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Makes Sense

Modern cities have evolved to require the widespread use of automobiles. This has resulted in monumental economic and environmental problems such as air pollution and traffic congestion. In many urban and suburban settings the air is polluted and traffic congestion takes a large toll. The NEV is uniquely designed to address these problems. NEVs use electric motors that do not create air pollution and they use energy very efficiently. Energy costs are about one cent per mile. They can accelerate quickly and do not waste energy idling at stoplights. Being small, the NEV contributes to a reduction in traffic and parking congestion while retaining freedom of personal mobility. Widespread NEV use could help change the design of cities so that shorter trips are needed to enjoy a pleasant lifestyle.

Transportation studies have repeatedly shown that most vehicle trips in cities are comprised of one person going a short distance. This type of driving using a gasoline powered vehicle is a very inefficient use of petroleum. Stop-and-go driving causes the most air pollution, the worst gas mileage and the most wear and tear on the engine. Electric vehicles are much more appropriate for this type of travel, being efficient, non-polluting, and having minimal impact. Many people travel primarily in a local area at 30 to 40 miles per hour. If they would use a small, economical, earth friendly vehicle for these trips, it would reduce the need for more streets, parking lots and garages. In addition, if gasoline vehicles were used more appropriately, they would last longer, the mileage would be lower and the resale value would be higher.

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