LEVs range in size from small electric scooters that fit under a bus seat, up to one-person cars
that use freeway HOV lanes. LEVs offer point-to-point transportation for one person and
some cargo at speeds and costs that are moderate. For most of us, half of our errands and trips are less
than 10 miles and within the range of most LEVs.
For under $1000, you can be riding your first LEV. Enjoy the advantages of a car without the burdens.
Replace that costly extra car with an e-bike or scooter, and use the savings to rent a car when you really need one.
Or get one for the fun and freedom of a vehicle that goes almost anywhere - including into public buildings.
Using clean, efficient vehicles saves money and time while helping the environment and improving our quality of life.
Most folks find LEVs simply fun!
LEVs brighten our lives, our neighborhoods, and our world. Even if an LEV doesn't fit your lifestyle (today),
they make sense for someone you know. Spread the word. People enjoy this technology. Friends and co-workers
who start riding will thank you.
If you glimpse how an LEV can brighten your life, get one. It will pay for itself in uses and benefits beyond
what you first imagine. And, you'll also be investing in a clean, healthy, and sustainable future - for you,
your community, and your world.
Here are most LEV types. Either follow these links to in-depth introductions - or read on for short descriptions.
Rule of Thumb
In the electric vehicle business, you
only get two of these three options:
long range, fast speed, low price.
In contrast to conventional cars, LEVs offer dramitically reduced energy consumption: "In the city, roughly 80% of the total energy consumed by cars comes from the effects of mass." (http://www.rqriley.com/sld012.htm)
Electric Scooters (8 - 20 mph)
Electric scooters start with an adult-sized scooter with air-filled tires - and add a motor and battery. Riding one feels like water skiing on a single ski. Being more agile than bikes, scooters are more fun and adverturous. Due to a wide variety of scooters available and the minimal legislation regarding them, their speeds and range vary dramatically. Speeds start below 10 mph for inexpensive imports to over 30 mph for the Badsey EMX Racer. Range varies from a few miles to 20 miles. When scooter range and speed increase, so do size and weight.
Electric Bicycles (12 - 25 mph)
Electric bikes and motors, when combined with a long list of bicycle options, extend ordinary bikes into flexible and utilitarian vehicles. You'll be amazed at the possibilities. Electric bikes also combine well with bus and train for long-range point-to-point transportation. Expect your e-bike to easily cover 10 miles at nearly 15 mph. For most of us, that's enough for our local errands. For some, it will get us to work faster than driving - and without the stress. Add more batteries for more range. Add a trailer and you've got a small, easy-to-use vehicle capable of hauling 100+ pounds of cargo. Or add an enclosure with some cargo space for a velomobile.
Electric Tricycles (adult three wheelers) (9 mph)
For those with balance problems or other disabilities, an adult-sized trike with motor and battery can cover 15 miles with a basket full of groceries.
Electric Motorscooters and Motorcycles (20 - 50 mph)
Bigger, better, faster, more! For those who have outgrown their e-bikes and scooters.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) (25 mph)
Often confused with golf carts, NEVs have a higher top speed and are equipped so they're legal on public streets. If you like the feel of a car, but don't need the speed or range, this may be your errand vehicle.
Commuters (one-person cars) (40 - 70mph)
So you need a car, but not passenger space. Get a commuter for your commute. With a range of 30+ miles and able to recharge on standard 110VAC while you work, it's ready when to go when and where you want, yet park in the motorcycle area.
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) (20 - 100 mph) (transit your way)
Tired of massive government transportation projects that cost a fortune to build and operate? And don't run often enough, or late enough. Here's the LEV of the transit industry. PRT offers on-demand transit from closely-spaced stations using small cabs (think sports car) on an elevated "track". This yields relatively low-cost transit that provides the transportation convenience people want: quick, nearby, safe, ready-to-go when I am, and operating 24 hours per day.
Utility/Cargo Vehicles (10 - 40 mph)
Utility electric vehicles do the heavy lifting of carrying cargo and going off-road.
Electric Pedicabs (Rickshaws) (10 - 20 mph)
Electric pedicabs are used in large cities for both transportation and sight-seeing. They offer the same rider experience as standard pedicabs but with a powerful assist for the driver.
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