Office of Sustainability
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles


Contact Us
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966

Physical Address
1400 S. Flores, Unit #2
San Antonio, TX 78204




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  • Douglas Melnick Email Douglas Melnick
    Chief Sustainability Officer

What's an NEV?

A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, or NEV, is a four- wheel, all-electric vehicle that conforms to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500 for “Low Speed Vehicles.” It must have:

  • Seat belts
  • Windshield
  • Head, tail and stop lights
  • Reflectors
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Parking brake
  • A conventional Vehicle Identification Number

The standard NEV has a top speed of 25 mph. In the City of San Antonio, NEVs are limited to operation on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. They can cross any street.

The State of Texas requires registration, title and insurance like any other motor vehicle.

The vehicle plugs into a common electrical outlet. No special charging equipment is needed.

Why Neighborhood Electric Vehicles?

  • No vehicle emissions
  • Saves energy, especially oil
  • Quiet
  • Low cost
    (1.5 ¢ per mile for electricity vs. 10.5¢ for gasoline car @ 30 mpg)
  • Fits neighborhood scale
    (1/3 of all trips are less than 3 miles)
  • Enables “micro” transit, greater accessibility, and business opportunities

What's the difference between a NEV and an electric smart car?

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
  • GEM e2
  • MSRP: $7,829
  • GVW: 1,850 lbs
  • Length: 99"
  • Height: 70"
  • Width: 55"
  • Wheelbase: 72"
  • Range: 35 miles
  • Top Speed: 25 mph
Electric Smart Car
Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
  • SMART Fortwo Electric Drive
  • MSRP: $25,000
  • GVW: 2,469 lbs
  • Length: 106"
  • Height: 61"
  • Wheelbase: 74"
  • Range: 90 miles
  • Top Speed: 78 mph
Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle