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BCSEA Energy Solutions Teleworkshop Series: Neighbourhood Electric Vehicles

Dec 16 2008 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

What are they? Are they legal? Are they effective? Where are they allowed? Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV) are also referred to as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) and in BC Neighborhood Zero Emissions Vehicles (Neighborhood ZEV). Designed to achieve a maximum speed of 40 km/h and travel a range of up to 60 kilometers, the Neighborhood ZEV allows you to commute and transport goods emitting zero emissions. Running on 100% battery electric power and conveniently charged within six to eight hours via 110 volt outlet, the cost to operate the Neighborhood ZEV is less than a penny per kilometer.

The Motor Vehicle Act of BC states that the Neighborhood ZEV can operate on any streets posted 40km/h and below. The Neighborhood ZEV can also operate on roadways posted 50 km/h and below if the municipality enacts a bylaw. The following are the Municipalities that have currently passed the Bylaw: Oak Bay, Vancouver, Colwood, Qualicum Beach, Esquimalt and Burnaby. With over 45,000 LSVs distributed worldwide over the last decade, the technology has proven to be a practical, alternative mode of transportation, and has assisted individuals and fleets successfully reduce their carbon footprint.


  • Daniel Stiller, Director North American Sales for ZENN Motor Company
  • Robert Rose, Director of Sales & Marketing for Electric Car British Columbia

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