A low-speed vehicle is a four-wheeled motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of fewer than 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg) and a top speed between 20 to 25 mph (32 to 40 km/h). Electric LSVs are widely preferred across the US and Canada because of their zero-carbon emission and quieter operation. Government programs often incentivize these vehicles. As a result, there is a growing movement of LSVs in universities, hotels & resorts, industrial facilities, golf courses, gated communities, and personal uses.
When optioned with a van body, they become a very functional and attractive compact vehicle for last-mile delivery. Increasing efficiency while improving sustainability initiatives. LSV’s can be optioned with many useful additions such as integrated LPR camera recognition for serving the municipal parking industry, tilting beds for municipal parks and recreation, a ladder rack for maintenance facilities or arenas and stadiums, heating and cooling van boxes for last-mile delivery, or the food delivery industry.
*Range is an estimate and is quoted without accessory draw such as heat & AC. Heavy payload and severe terrain impact range as well.
Range for LSVs dramatically varies according to terrain, battery type, accessories, and even weather. The larger the battery pack the greater the range. Long-lasting Lithium-Ion batteries are preferred as they can be recharged hundreds or thousands of times with minimal battery degradation. Lithium-Ion is commonly one-third to half the weight of lead-acid batteries; moving less weight increases the vehicle’s range. Despite the higher upfront cost of these high-performing batteries, the cost of ownership is lower than lead-acid when considering a 7-10 year life cycle.
Utilizing green energy, instead of fossil-based fuels, will save thousands of dollars per year. On average, electric vehicles cost about $350 per year to fuel, compared to over $2,000 in costs for gas vehicles. Check out our complete article about Electric vehicles and potential fuel cost savings.
Low-speed vehicles are allowed to do 25mph on 35mph roadways, or in some Canadian provinces, 40kph on 50kph roadways.
Golf carts are typically thinner build vehicles that are designed for shorter distances on Golf courses. Some upgraded golf carts may be equipped with on-road packages meeting on-road regulations such as DOT approved brake and signal lights. Low-speed vehicles are designed to be on-road vehicles, typically more robust in build, and already equipped with on-road safety requirements. Also known as a neighborhood electric vehicle or NEV, they are designed for shorter city commutes but still allow for good range. Westward’s 20kw Lithium-Ion offering offers up to 120 miles of range.
According to Markets and Markets research publication, the global market for low-speed vehicles will reach over 8 billion US dollars by 2026.
In our view, Westward’s MAX-EV offers a market leading LSV product for the US and Canadian market. Designed from the ground up to be an on-road or light off-road vehicle, it is very robust in build, comes standard with Lithium-Ion batteries, and all sorts of needed options like Air Conditioning, ladder racks, and more… Most other offerings in the market were not designed from the beginning to be a low-speed on-road vehicle. There are many market offerings of golf cart type builds that were then equipped with on-road requirements.
With our online 3D builder you can customize your WestWard Industries vehicle to the exact specifications you need and receive a complimentary quote and follow-up call.
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What is MAX-EV for Universities and Colleges? The MAX-EV is an ideal long-lasting carry-all solution for campuses. Navigates easily through narrow paths, tight turns, indoor & outdoor locations. Low weight, ideal for all types of pavements. (link to brochure) How does the MAX-EV LSV for Universities works? Powered by long-lasting standard Lithium-ion battery packs (32
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