At a news conference held today at the City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters’ Unity Plaza, the City’s Office of Sustainability announced neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) as another environmentally-friendly travel option for residents and visitors in San Antonio.
“Neighborhood electric vehicles provide a clean and inexpensive travel option in San Antonio. Along with their environmental benefits, NEVs are designed to operate safely in low-speed public streets,” said Mary C. Hammer, Office of Sustainability Interim Director.
There are many “green” advantages to neighborhood electric vehicles. NEVs are inexpensive to own and operate, they emit no tailpipe emissions, are relatively quiet and do not depend on imported oil. Because of their environmental benefits, neighborhood electric vehicles are eligible for the City’s program that allows hybrid and electric vehicles to park for free at metered on-street spaces.
These small electric vehicles also adhere to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standard for low-speed vehicles. On May 9, 2013 the San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance that allows NEVs to operate on City of San Antonio streets with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less.
For more information, call the Office of Sustainability at (210) 207-6322.