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Hi,

Does anyone have crash-test knowledge of the Miles ZX40s NEV (or other +/-
information to share)? It is built from a chinese (I think) glider by a
california company. They add lead-acid batteries, curtis controller, and a
DC motor and limit it to 25mph. In Seattle, the local dealer, MC Electric,
modifies the gear ratio to allow 35mph, per Washington state law.

My biggest concern is safety. I can, perhaps, add some safety features, but
first I would like to know to what level it has been safety tested. I have
found internet sites proclaiming "IC Variant Crash Tested to EU Standards",
whatever that means. Does anyone know?

More information at:
http://www.milesautomotive.com/showroom_zx40s.php

Peri Hartman


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<<<< Does anyone have crash-test knowledge of the Miles ZX40s NEV (or
other +/-
information to share)? It is built from a chinese (I think) glider by a
california company. They add lead-acid batteries, curtis controller, and a
DC motor and limit it to 25mph. In Seattle, the local dealer, MC Electric,
modifies the gear ratio to allow 35mph, per Washington state law.

My biggest concern is safety. I can, perhaps, add some safety features, but
first I would like to know to what level it has been safety tested. I have
found internet sites proclaiming "IC Variant Crash Tested to EU Standards",
whatever that means. Does anyone know?

More information at:
http://www.milesautomotive.com/showroom_zx40s.php >>>>

You can boost a golf cart's top speed to 25mph add all the correct
equipment (lights, horn, etc) and licensed it as an NEV, but it
wouldn't fair well in *any* crash. I don't even know what NEV crash
testing is done, but I doubt they are tested anywhere near that higher
speed of 35mph.

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No NEV has anything like the passenger protection of a good sedan. They are
probably more secure in that respect than a motorcycle, but of course they
don't have the maneuverability (and accident avoidance potential) of a
motorcycle.

If collision protection is a concern, I'd say buy a recent compact sedan
that has crash-tested reasonably well, and convert it. Modifying the
structure to add batteries will probably have some effect on its
crashworthiness, but if carefully done it won't be a dramatic effect.

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The shorthands probably stand for:
"Industry Canada" variant tested to European Union standards
(unspecified which standard).
If you can find out where the glider comes from, you may be
able to see to which level/standard it was originally tested and
whether it was a (Chinese market) Freeway vehicle, or that it
was designed as NEV from the beginning.

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Subject: [EVDL] Miles ZX40s

Hi,

Does anyone have crash-test knowledge of the Miles ZX40s NEV (or other +/- information to share)? It is built from a chinese (I think) glider by a
california company. They add lead-acid batteries, curtis controller, and a
DC motor and limit it to 25mph. In Seattle, the local dealer, MC Electric, modifies the gear ratio to allow 35mph, per Washington state law.

My biggest concern is safety. I can, perhaps, add some safety features, but first I would like to know to what level it has been safety tested. I have found internet sites proclaiming "IC Variant Crash Tested to EU Standards", whatever that means. Does anyone know?

More information at:
http://www.milesautomotive.com/showroom_zx40s.php

Peri Hartman


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