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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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If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are currently allowed on select public roads in 46 of the 50 United States. But even though they're perfectly legal in many areas, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a pretty serious warning for anyone

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If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are currently allowed on select public roads in 46 of the 50 United States. But even though they're perfectly legal in many areas, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a pretty serious warning for anyone

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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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Wheego Whip - click above for high-res image gallery

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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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Here at AutoblogGreen we get plenty of questions from readers about all kinds of topics related to alternative transportation. Reader James asks: "Reportedly, there is a federal law which limits the size/speed of autos on all roads. This, in effect restricts electric alternative vehicles that must exceed 35 mph speed. I haven't got the whole story correct, I'm sure. That's why I'm trying to get the straight story. Specifically, determine whether such a Federal law exists, and if so, what exactly

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Photo by El Gran Dee. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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Somewhere between your average car and a golf cart lies a middle ground of vehicles; low power, low or zero emission, quick trip vehicles that are not designed for road trips but for grocery trips. Reader CR sent in a tip (thanks!) that, according to CCN Matthews, a factory in St. Jerome, Quebec will soon be producing ZENN vehicles that fit into this middle ground vehicle type. Feel Good Cars will deliver ZENN, which stands for zero emission, no noise, vehicles to dealers this summer. FGC calls

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