CBC News. The Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) city council has approved the use of low-speed electric vehicles on city streets.
Under city bylaws, they will now be able to travel on Vancouver streets which have a posted speed limit of 50 km per hour [31 mph] or less, meaning they will be able to travel on most city streets.
But staff remained concerned about the safety of the vehicles since they don’t meet the crash standards for regular vehicles. They are typically larger than electric golf carts and look more like small compact cars. Most low-speed electric cars, however, don’t have impact absorbing bumpers or airbags, according assistant city engineer Jerry Dobrovolny, making them a case of buyer beware.
British Columbia law permits low-speed electric vehicle operation on roads with a speed limit of 40 kph (35 mph) or less—access to roads with faster speed limits requires the authorization of municipalities.