Electric Vehicle (EV) Definition

An EV is defined as a vehicle that:

  • Does not have the ability to be propelled by gasoline
  • Draws electricity from a battery with a capacity of at least four kilowatt-hours and is capable of being charged from an external source
  • Has not been modified from the original equipment manufacturer power train specifications
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less
  • Has a maximum speed of at least 65 miles per hour, and
  • Meets applicable requirements in Title 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Section 571.

(Reference North Carolina General Statutes 20-4.01)

Jurisdiction: North Carolina

Type: Laws and Regulations

Enacted: May 26, 2011

Technologies: EVs, PHEVs

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