Medium-Speed Electric Vehicle (EV) Access to Roadways

A medium-speed EV is defined as a four-wheeled motor vehicle powered by electricity that is equipped with a roll cage or a crushproof body design and is capable of achieving a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour (mph) on a paved, level surface. Except with respect to maximum speed, a medium-speed EV must meet or exceed regulations in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500, and successor requirements. A medium-speed EV may not operate on a roadway with a speed limit greater than 35 mph, except to cross that roadway. A road authority may prohibit or further restrict the operation of medium-speed EVs on any street or highway under the road authority’s jurisdiction.

(Reference Minnesota Statutes 169.011 and 169.224)

Jurisdiction: Minnesota

Type: Laws and Regulations

Enacted: May 23, 2008

Technologies: NEVs

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