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Street Legal LSV or NEV

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

1. Vehicles

What is a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) ?

Low Speed Vehicles, (LSVs), also referred to often as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

(NEVs) are defined by certain state regulations and by Federal Regulations (Title 49, Code of

Federal Regulations, section 571.500) and by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as

vehicles that are legal to drive on public rights of way (streets). By law, vehicles that have a gross

vehicle weight of less than 3000 lbs (including passengers) that are equipped with headlamps, stop

lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields,

seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers may be certified as a low speed vehicle. They must be

driven by a licensed driver on rights of way that are open to the public where the speed limit is less

than 35 mph. By law, low speed vehicles have a top speed of between 20 and 25 mph. Typically an

electric or solar-electric vehicle carrying 6 or fewer passengers will fall under the 3000 lb limit and

can be equipped to become a low speed vehicle. However, please keep in mind, this may vary by

state.

Communities are beginning to recognize the value of low speed vehicles for neighborhood trips for

shopping, social and recreational purposes. Some retirement and golf course communities have

been designed to encourage low speed vehicle usage. Some places, such as Catalina, California,

favor electric vehicles over the use automobiles.

Low Speed vehicles sold by The Golf Cart Man. are solar-electric-powered or electric powered. The use

of these vehicles, instead of larger, gasoline-powered vehicles like passenger cars, provides quieter

transportation and uses no gasoline and creates a zero carbon footprint when operating on solar

power.

What makes a Low Speed Vehicle, a LSV, “street legal”?

Federal regulations specify requirements for low speed vehicles. A low speed vehicle is a 4-wheeled

motor vehicle, whose attainable speed is more than 32 km/h (20 mph) and not more than 40 km/h

(25 mph). Low speed vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver. The standard requires ten

specific items of safety equipment.

(1) Headlamps, (2) Front and rear turn signal lamps, (3) Tail lamps, (4) Stop lamps,

(5) Reflex reflectors: one red on each side as far to the rear as practicle, and one red on the rear,

(6) An exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror

mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror,

(7) A parking brake, (8) A windshield that conforms to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on

glazing materials (49 CFR 571.205). (9) A VIN that conforms to the requirements of part 565 Vehicle

Identification Number of this chapter, and

(10) A Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to Sec. 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor

Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, seat belt assemblies, installed at each designated seating position.

However, please keep in mind, this may vary by state.

Where is it legal to drive a Low Speed Vehicle?

Low speed vehicles can be driven on any road with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.

While on a public roadway, the operator could cross over a road with a posted speed limit of more

than 35 miles per hour but must travel on roadways with posted limits of 35 miles per hour or less.

Can local governments prohibit Low Speed Vehicles?

Yes, each state and local government has the final say regarding city and state road rules and laws.

Always check with your local municipality.

Do I need to register my street legal vehicle with the state?

Yes, one of the requirements to be “street legal” is that the LSV needs to be registered just like an

automobile. Registration with the state will be handled by your Cruise Car dealer. However, each

state can be different so check with your local or state DMV office for details.

Do I need insurance on my LSV street legal car?

Yes, your LSV must be insured just like your automobile. However, each state can have its own

regulations concerning this so check with your local or state DMV office.

Can I get my car in any color?

We offer a selection of Standard Colors which include: Red, White, Champagne, Navy Blue, Metallic

Blue, Dark Green, Metallic Green and Black.

Custom color options are available and quoted upon request.

What is the triple-coat protection? Is it powder-coated or what?

Yes, the triple coat protection is powder coating. Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied

as a free-flowing, dry powder that is heated and becomes a liquid. Powder coating is usually used to

create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.

Other than solar, what are the most popular options?

Our sales history indicates that the most popular options are the four options that are described as

follows:

1) Wood Package: Available in the Classic Series only. This option not only features a wood look

finished dashboard, but also a wood finish steering wheel and seat backs;

2) 12 Volt Outlet: Used for charging I-pods, cell phones, coolers, etc.;

3) Enclosures: Heavy-duty custom enclosures made from Sunbrella marine-grade fabric and heavy

vinyl. These roll up under a small canopy and are available in colors which compliment every color

vehicle we offer; and

4) Locking Glove Box: Available in plastic or the wood finish.

How do I use my warranty? Will a competitor dealer work on my car?

Yes, any golf cart dealer may work on your vehicle, but labor rates and restrictions may apply. A

Warranty Claim Form needs to be completed first, submitted to the manufacrturer and approved by The

Golf Cart Man. It is not a lengthy process and we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

Can I order a car without a solar top?

Yes, the solar top is an option. These are electric vehicles. When you add a solar top, it extends

driving range, battery life, and saves electricity. You need to charge your vehicle much less often.

Can I use my car on rough terrain?

The Kudo and Classic Series vehicles are recommended to be used on an incline of no more than

20%.

The lifted 2020/2040 ASZ Classic Series vehicles are made to handle terrain that the average bicycle

could navigate with an incline not to exceed 20%.

What are an MCO and an MSO?

A MCO is a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin that certifies where the project originates. An MSO

stands for a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin. Both documents have the same purpose.

Do I need a Tow Switch? What does it do?

A tow switch is required only for certain vehicle systems; all vehicles do not require a tow switch. A

tow switch disconnects the electricity on the vehicle when appropriate.

Are your cars made overseas?

Depending on the product ordered, some parts are made overseas; others are sourced from

American-owned companies and made in America. The vehicles are assembled and shipped from

Sarasota, Florida in the USA.

What do I need to put down to order my car?

For the most part, the company policy is that we require 50% down in the form of a check. This is

what is needed to place your order with the factory. Thereafter, the remaining 50% is due before

your car(s) is shipped from our plant. The only exception is when we are asked to issue a

Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin with a VIN Number. We do not issue VIN Numbers until the

vehicle is paid-in-full, even if it is still at our plant awaiting shipment.

Are the wheels aluminum or steel?

Standard wheels for the Classic Series are polished aluminum. The exception to this rule is the

Scout, lifted 2020-2040 ASZ models. This has steel wheels and aluminum is an upgrade.

The standard for the Kudo Series is steel wheels. The exception to this rule is the 6043-K03. That

model has many upgraded standard features and aluminum wheels are included in the price of the

6043.

Foam filled tires are available on steel wheels; these have been installed in the ambulance.

Do I have to pay sales tax?

The Golf Cart Man does not charge sales tax if a vehicle is shipped out of the state of Florida. In the state of

Florida, applicable sales tax does apply. Low speed vehicles in most states are purchased directly

through a dealer; in those instances, sales tax is paid directly to the dealer in conjunction with the

sales price.

Can I upgrade my mechanical brakes to hydraulic brakes? If so, what are the advantages?

Yes, upgrades are available on most vehicles. The main advantage is that hydraulic brakes offer a

four wheel braking system; mechanical brakes are a two wheel braking system.

What is the standard rear end gear ratio on your cars?

1249 to 1 is the standard rear end gear ratio for Classic and Kudo cars and utility vehicles.

1025 to 1 is the high speed rear end gear ratio for LSVs; providing higher speed, but lower torque.

If I buy the car with the fold-down back seat, where do I put my golf bags?

One of our most popular vehicles is the 2028-KSZ. It is a multi-purpose vehicle. This features 2

passengers forward and 2 passengers backward. The backward facing seat has the ability to flip

down to a Cargo Platform.

There is an aluminum golf bag accessory that can be purchased for a few hundred dollars that slips

over the bar in the back. Thus, the golf bag accessory can be used without eliminating the back

passenger seat.

2. Solar-Electric Power FAQS

I’m somewhat confused about how solar will power my vehicle. What are the main

benefits of adding solar to my car?

First of all, the solar top will add approximately 5 to 10 miles per day to the traveling range of your

vehicle, which is typically 30 to 40 miles on a full charge. This will reduce your operating costs. The

solar top will increase battery life and provide a zero carbon footprint when operating on solar

power. Additionally by promoting solar energy technology, you will help make a future that will

work for all.

How will the solar top reduce global warming?

A typical fossil fuel plant produces about 2,500 lbs.of carbon dioxide for each megawatt hour ofelectricity.Solar tops produce no carbon dioxide and thus have a Zero Carbon Footprint. For every

1.0 kilowatt hour of electricity generated by the solar top, (five hours in the sun) nearly 2.5 lbs of

carbon dioxide is not released into the atmosphere. Over 365 days, that would be 912 lbs of carbon

dioxide not released.

How will the solar top promote solar power?

Clearly our future is dependent upon harnessing alternative energy sources. Conscientious

consumers, aka Cultural Creatives, will be attracted to locations that have solar technology available

now. By demonstrating the value of solar, the user educates consumers on the value of alternative

energy solutions for our future.

How much will a solar top increase battery life?

Life of battery is linked to available battery capacity; end of battery life is when only 20% of capacity

remains. Average life of battery without solar is 2 1/2 years. With solar panel, average life of batteryis 3-1/3 years. Solar panels reduce the drawdown of the battery. Every 1% reduction in drawdown

results in increase of 3.3%, with a total calculated battery increased life of 33%.

How much will a solar top reduce operating costs?

With a solar panel, a vehicle traveling 5 miles per day, in a year can travel 1825 miles for free. The

reduction in costs and carbon emissions reduces overall operating costs of the facility and reduces

the carbon footprint of the organization.

Why add a solar top to your vehicle?

Our future is dependent upon harnessing alternative energy sources. Conscious consumers, will be

attracted to business and government locations that have solar technology available. By

demonstrating the value of solar, you will educate your family, your community, your employees

and your customers on the value of renewable energy. There are environmental benefits (reduction

in greenhouse gases) and economic benefits (longer life of battery and reduced electricity needed).

Why should I purchase a solar top from you versus anyone else?

The Golf Cart Man has more choices, are more powerful and more affordable than the competition.

How much sun does my car need to power the battery in the vehicle?

The amount of sun needed depends on the angle of the sun, the geographic location of the vehicle,

the amount of cloud cover, etc. In general, in full sunlight, we find that that a vehicle will generate

1 kW of power in about five or six hours of sunlight.

How much driving can I get from a solar charge?

We estimate that 5 to 10 miles of travel is possible on solar power alone, depending upon the

capacity of the PV panel (i.e. 180 W or 230 W, etc.)

How often should I charge my vehicle?

You should charge your vehicle at lease once a week to keep the battery balanced and extend the

life of your battery. The charger will not overcharge the battery; it will

What happens if I plug my car in and it is fully charged? Does it have an automatic shut-off?

Our Solar Top System comes with a charge regulator that automatically stops charging when the

batteries are full in order to protect them.

Will the solar top fit any manufacturer’s vehicles?

The solar tops fit most Club Cars, Cruise Cars, Star Cars, E-Z-Go, Yamaha and others.

Last revision: 05-25-10

3. Batteries

How much do brand new batteries cost?

The current retail price for a set of eight 8-volt batteries ranges from $640 to $1,680, depending on

type of battery (lead acid or maintenance free) and battery range.

What is the warranty on the batteries?

Depending on which type of batteries are ordered, the warranty is 12-18 months. The battery

manufacturer warranties the batteries.

When it’s time -- do I have to replace all my batteries; do they all go at once?

It is recommended that batteries be replaced all at one time.

Why is the T-145 battery more money? What does it do?

The T-145 battery has more range (lasts longer) than a T-105 battery.

How do I take care of my batteries? What kind of maintenance is required for the

batteries? What is a maintenance-free battery?

The Golf Cart Man sells lead acid batteries and maintenance-free batteries.

For the lead acid batteries, standard maintenance includes: checking the water levels at least once a

week; adding distilled water to ¼ inch above the battery plates. Avoid overfilling the battery – that

causes acid to leak out.

For the maintenance free batteries, no maintenance is required, other than keeping the tops of the

batteries clean and the connections tight.

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