Last year I passed an Ordinance that would allow for NEV”s mini buses to travel our streets but there has been some unexpected twists so next week on Monday, July 7th at 1:30 p.m. I am having an update ordinance heard by the Public Safety Committee for the Common Council.
Here are the details:
NEV laws were enacted to allow for electric vehicles on city streets where the speed limit was no greater than 35 mph. These vehicles were to have a minimum top speed of 20 mph with a maximum top speed of 25 mph. The current weight restriction limits these vehicles to 6 – 8 passengers. The Ordinance that I passed last year was for such vehicles. Now, however, the entrepreneur needs larger NEV’s for his business model.
Currently, electric vehicles that hold 11 – 14 passengers that follow all NEV guidelines except for the weight restriction are operating on private properties (college campuses, resorts, etc.) throughout the country.
We are proposing that 16-passenger electric vehicles be accorded the opportunity to use the public thoroughfares in Milwaukee, following the same restrictions for NEVs as they are on private properties. These vehicles will similarly have a minimum top speed of 20 mph with a maximum top speed of 25 mph. The difference in the weight is to allow for more passengers.
By definition, gross vehicle weight is the combined weight of the vehicle and all passengers and cargo. The curb weight is the weight of the vehicle with all of the standard equipment and amenities, but without any passengers, cargo or any other separately loaded items in it. Curb weight is what the vehicle weighs when it’s resting at the curb – it’s generally the standard weight that the manufacturer assigns to the vehicle.
The reason why I am so excited about these vehicles is that they produce no greenhouse gas and they reduce our reliance on the importation of foreign fossil fuel. Moreover, we are working on plans to produce these vehicles here in Milwaukee!
Alderman Tony Zielinski