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China Working on Regulations for Low-Speed Electric Vehicles

  • Low-speed EVs are popular in rural areas, smaller cities
  • Crash tests, safety standards don't apply to these vehicles
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China is working on regulations for low-speed electric vehicles, including possibly classifying them as motorcycles, according to Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei.

Electric vehicles that have a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour) are currently exempt from registration, which has spawned a class of cheap battery-powered cars popular in China’s rural areas and smaller towns and cities. Crash-testing and other safety standards also don’t apply to these mini vehicles.