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Posted by misterfact@yahoo.com on September 24, 2010, 3:30 pm
I asked US customs if they have a list of foreign-made electric cars
which are illegal to import and drive on US roads. Here is their

Please contact the Import and Certification Division by telephone at
202-366-5291 or if you prefer you may send your inquiry via email to:

Posted by Rui Maciel on September 24, 2010, 7:58 pm
misterfact@yahoo.com wrote:

Wouldn't it be better to get a list of electric cars which are legal?

Rui Maciel

Posted by clare on September 25, 2010, 12:55 am

 Other than in gated communities  (low speed community vehicles or
whatever they call the gussied up golf carts), the list is going to be
Virtually NONE (of the Chinese) have gone through crash testing - or
meet even the lowest level of requirements for highway travel in North
America. The Indian stuff is even worse - and even the Japanese have
not gotten theirs type approved yet.

Posted by Rui Maciel on September 25, 2010, 11:08 am
 clare@snyder.on.ca wrote:

That's precisely the point.  A car is considered legal to drive if it passes the
tests which are
imposed by the jurisdiction's licensing authority.  So, as it is illegal to
drive those cars which
aren't licensed, the cars which aren't licensed are deemed illegal by default.
Therefore, if you
have a list of all the cars which are legal to drive then if a car isn't
included in that list then
it's deemed illegal to drive.  To put it in other words, the list of illegal
cars is the complement
of the list of legal cars.

Rui Maciel

Posted by Neo on September 27, 2010, 11:47 pm
 On Sep 24, 8:55pm, cl...@snyder.on.ca wrote:

IIRC the UK has crash tested some asian BEV metro vehicles
(Flybo/Reva) and the results were not good.

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