A Low-Speed Vehicle is a street-legal, four-wheeled electric vehicle with a top speed of 25mph, and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3000 lbs. Most States allow LSVs to be driven on roads marked 35mph or less.
When you think of a small electric utility truck (EUT) what type of vehicle comes to mind? Maybe a vehicle that can be used in diverse and compact work environments without the need for a lot of maintenance? After seeing a gap in the current market, Westward Industries has become a pioneer in developing exactly this type of vehicle. EUT’s are vehicles, like the MAX-EV, that are electric powered, compact, robust, and can access narrow paths or areas with limited access, offering more versatility than they’re wide bodied, less nimble, CO2 emitting competitors. EUT’s provide more flexibility for the diverse needs of companies, universities or government departments. The MAX-EV is an electric workhorse that is specifically designed to be used in work-site maintenance, vector control, street painting and cleaning, farming and many other work environments.
Whether in a business setting or for leisure, it is undeniable that LSVs are quickly becoming very popular. We gathered the three most common questions and answered them for you.
A: Age, location, speed and operation purpose vary by state.
First, it is essential to note that an LSV can be a Golf Cart, but not every Golf Cart can be an LSV due to safety equipment requirements. Source: Driving Laws, By, Nolo In states that allow golf carts to be operated in public roads and streets, the driver must be at least 14 – 16 years of age. In some cases, a drives license is also required. Source: Golf Cart Garage
Westward Industries’ MAX-EV is an LSV approved for public roads and streets in most USA states and in Canada the Provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario
A: The speed limitations on LSVs are often put in place by manufacturers so the vehicles can qualify for the low-speed vehicle motor vehicle classification. The LSV class was originally designed for the neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) market. When talking about other full scale electric vehicles, manufacturers typically limit the top speed to preserve battery charge. This is because aerodynamic drag increases significantly as speed rises, and hence battery power is consumed more rapidly when a high cruising speed is maintained, according to torque.com.sg.
Westward’s vehicles are equipped with standard long lasting Lithium Ion Batteries, ranging from 6KW to 20KW. Read more about it.
A: Motor rotations per minute (RPM) can be measured and controlled by software. Knowing the gear ratio from the motor to the wheels allows an engineer to convert the RPM to vehicle speed and therefore control it.
In the United States, low-speed vehicles (LSV) have a maximum speed of about 25 mph and in Canada(40 km/h), they are typically allowed on roads with a maximum speed of 35mph and 50km/h. Download MAX-EV’s brochure for a full specs list.
A. When considering an electric vehicle, it is imperative to consider future fuel and maintenance savings over the vehicle’s life. It is still true that electric vehicles do still carry a higher initial price tag as Lithium-Ion batteries are quite costly. However, when factoring in that most battery packs are rated for around 2000 charges at a 20% depth of discharge and that you can typically charge for $1-$3 per pack (depending on pack size), the fuel savings can accumulate quickly. Furthermore, an EV drivetrain has fewer moving parts than its gas counterpart, significantly reducing maintenance. Take a look at the Westward fuel savings calculator and see how you can save money with our electric utility vehicles. For example, a fleet of 5 vehicles over 5 years, 7500 miles per year per vehicle, gallon cost of $4.79, KW cost of 0.12, equates to saving $41,156.25 on fuel alone!
A. Electric utility vehicles, Low-Speed vehicles, and neighborhood electric vehicles are all terms for vehicles that typically service a smaller focused area such as a downtown urban core, a university campus, an airport, an amusement park, a beach community, and much more. Compact, efficient, economical, and easy to use in congested areas, small businesses can benefit by reducing costs in insuring and maintaining smaller vehicles. The MAX-EV line is a new breed of LSV (low-speed vehicle). It is built robustly with a 2.5-inch steel tubular chassis, long-lasting Lithium-Ion battery, automotive-style components, and creature comforts such as optional air conditioning, power steering, or blue tooth radio. Perform all sorts of tasks with add-on options like our Westward Van body, tilt deck, snow plow, tow hitch, and more. In addition, the MAX-EV 3 is great for delivery needs.
A. Westward believes in a best-in-class LSV built in North America with domestic head office and local distributor support. Westward uses automotive grade components for braking, suspension, electrical and more. The MAX-EV is built to last, built from the ground up and not as an upgraded golf cart.
A. Several well-known domestic OEMs in the market include the Polaris Gem line, the Club Car street-legal models, Columbia vehicles, and Taylor Dunn. Not built domestically but also available in the Current, Ayro, Tropos, and Vantage line.
A. Through any OEM distributors. Westward has dozens of dealers across North America. Please contact us with any questions regarding purchasing.
A.Our vehicles can charge on Level 1 or Level 2 charging, meaning a wall plug 110v or a 220v charging station/plug. Our vehicles have an onboard charger that reduces and mitigates incoming current. For 110v, a dedicated 15- or 20-amp circuit is recommended. In addition, we sell a 2-in-1 charging cable that allows the consumer to use 110v or 220v on a Nema 6-20 outlet.
A. This varies on which pack size you choose and which charging voltage. For Westward vehicles, the 6 and 8-kilowatt packs are good to charge on 110volts and you can expect an 80% charge in approximately 4-5 hours. Our larger 15 and 20-kilowatt packs maybe 8-12 hours on Level 1 or 5-8 hours on Level 2.
A. The MAX-EV is built as an on-road low-speed vehicle. However, since components are quite robust the vehicle would easily handle light off-road landscape, additionally, you can option up for a more aggressive winter radial. Turf tires and a full 4×4 electric platform will be coming in the next 6-12 months.
A. Westward has been in business for 30 years manufacturing robust, long-lasting vehicles, with strong factory assistance and an exceptional dealer network for local support. Westward can also offer remote diagnostic support through the customer’s Wi-fi (if access is granted)
A. The GO-4 is Westward’s first claim to fame, offering a nimble, tough, gas or electric vehicle for Parking Enforcement departments. With one wheel upfront, the GO-4 offers a superior turning radius compared to any other vehicle. Outfitted with a single-seat center drive, the GO-4 offers quick access to either side of the lane. In the United States, the vehicle is typically limited to 40mph.
The MAX-EV is a twin passenger green fleet workhorse LSV. Limited to 25mph on-road. Superior payload capacity, and many add-ons available for various work tasks.
The MAX-EV 3-wheeler is a twin passenger design with one wheel in the back offering excellent handling with reduced payload. This vehicle is more designed for last-mile delivery of food or parcel, urban transport, and parking enforcement. Limited to 40-45mph with a 300lb payload and van body.
Based on estimates of:
Based on estimates of: Average 20 miles per gallon (8.5L per 100 KM )considering typical slower driving speeds and idle time 6 miles (9.6kms) per kw used.
This may vary depending on heavy payload and accessory draw.
Ladder Rack, Van Body, Van Body with Refrigeration, Tool Chest, Protective nerf bars, Air Conditioning, heat, Bluetooth Radio, LPR integration, and more.
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.
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.