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In late April, Polaris Industries announced that it would soon acquire full ownership rights to low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) from Chrysler.

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The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) on roads throughout the world will increase slowly but steadily from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, according to a study conducted by Pike Research. During that time period, annual NEV sales will shoot up from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000, with North America accounting for a whopping 45 percent of annual sales. Pike notes that:

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Wheego Whip – Click above for high-res image gallery

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EcoV Electric LSEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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EcoVElectric LSEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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When automotive talk turns cheap, the most common vehicle that comes up is the Tata Nano, which currently holds the title as the Cheapest New Car in the World and is only available in India. So, Americans, how would you like to snag a brand-new electric car for the low, low price of just $865 right here in the United States? If you happen to live in Oklahoma, you can do just that... sort of.

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When automotive talk turns cheap, the most common vehicle that comes up is the Tata Nano, which currently holds the title as the Cheapest New Car in the World and is only available in India. So, Americans, how would you like to snag a brand-new electric car for the low, low price of just $865, right here in the United States? If you happen to live in Oklahoma, you can do just that... sort of.

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There's a lot of grey in the map above, and each grey state indicates that there is no local law there defining the rules for medium-speed vehicles (MSVs). We've written plenty about low-speed vehicles, but what's an MSV? It's a car that " has some safety equipment such as lights, reflectors, mirrors, parking brake, windshield, and safety belts" and can go at least 30 mph (but not more than 35 mph).

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Tomberlin Anvil NEV - Click above for image gallery

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