Low Speed Electric Vehicle

Low Speed Electric Vehicle as defined in Colorado Revised Statute 42-1-102(48.6) is a vehicle that:

  1. Is self-propelled utilizing electricity as its primary propulsion method,

  2. Has at least three wheels in contact with the ground,

  3. Does not use handlebars to steer, and

  4. Exhibits the manufacturer\'s compliance with 49 CFR 565 or displays a seventeen-character vehicle identification number as provided in 49 CFR 565.

Pursuant to section 42-1-102(58), C.R.S., the definition of Motor Vehicle includes Low Speed Electric Vehicles. They are approved for limited on-road usage by section 42-4-109.5, C.R.S. As a result, most low-speed electric vehicles are titled and registered as Tax Class C vehicles. All ownership, titling, registration requirements, taxes, and fees that apply to Tax Class C vehicles, as detailed in Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statute, shall apply. Low Speed Electric Vehicles are plated with the standard green and white passenger license plates and must display current validating tabs with year and month.

Pursuant to C.R.S.42-4-109.6(5)(a)The department of revenue shall not register or issue a title for a class B low-speed electric vehicle until after the United States department of transportation, through the national highway traffic safety administration, has adopted a federal motor vehicle safety standard for low-speed electric vehicles that authorizes operation at greater than twenty-five miles per hour but less than forty-five miles per hour.

It is a Class B Traffic Infraction to operate a Low Speed Electric Vehicle that does not conform with applicable federal manufacturing equipment standards. It is recommended that all Low Speed Electric Vehicle owners/operators read Senate Bill 09-075 to understand Low Speed Electric Vehicle operating and usage restrictions, equipment standards, safety standards and other useful information that may apply to Low Speed Electric Vehicles.

All questions should be directed to your County Motor Vehicle office.