Omni Golf Carts is your go to Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) dealership! At Omni Golf Carts, we are a full-service dealership and authorized dealer for the best LSV brands in stock including Advanced EV, Icon Electric, and Tomberlin. Please see our inventory for more information about each manufacturer and the models we have in stock!
What is a Low-Speed Vehicle? The federal government has three criteria that must be met for something to be considered a low-speed vehicle (LSV). First, it must have four wheels. Second, its maximum speed must be between 20 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour. And finally, its GVWR (total weight including cargo, passengers, and the vehicle itself) must not exceed 2,500 pounds. Most low-speed vehicles are extremely low weight and can carry up to 6 passengers plus cargo and still be under the weight limit. This affords them excellent mileage.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles A popular type of LSV is the NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle). These are powered by rechargeable batteries and are used to get around neighborhood and retirement communities. What is the difference between an LSV and a Golf Cart? According to the law, a golf cart is a vehicle that is intended to be driven on a golf course and should not exceed a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. Standard golf carts are less safe to drive than low-speed vehicles. They should be kept to the golf course or other areas where traditional cars and trucks do not go. They lack the safety components outfitted on low-speed vehicles which make them legal.
If you wanted to drive a golf cart on a public road, you would need to convert it so that it meets the legal requirements. For example, low-speed vehicles have certain safety features such as seat belts, turn signals, headlights, windshield wipers, and things of that nature.
How to convert your Golf Cart into a Legal LSV Take your cart to Omni Golf Carts! The bare minimum of items you need to have installed on your golf cart to make it legal includes tail lights, blinkers, mirrors, a windshield and windshield wipers, headlights, seat belts, a horn, and reflectors. Omni Golf Carts can install all of the required parts to make your cart legal! Check out Am I Legal to read State of Texas Golf Cart Rules as well as local Golf Cart rules and regulations including Fair Oaks Ranch, The Dominion, The Club at Sonterra, Hollywood Park, and City of Garden Ridge.
Understanding the Differences Between Golf Carts and Low-Speed Vehicles After reviewing the information above, you can clearly see the differences between golf carts and low-speed vehicles and why driving an LSV offers a lot of benefits in terms of safety features and easy and convenient transportation- and why you should consider converting your cart to a LSV at Omni Golf Carts!