The Legal Status of Low Speed, Electric, Automated Vehicles in Texas

This report explores whether vehicles that are both Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and Automated Vehicles (AVs) may operate legally on public roads in Texas. First is an examination of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles and how they are governed in the state of Texas. Next, the report examines the new Texas law governing AVs, Senate Bill 2205 (SB 2205). The report then analyzes both federal and state registration requirements for AVs and NEVs. Finally, the report describes a governance conflict between the law governing NEVs and the law governing AVs. The report concludes that the legality of vehicles that are a combination of AVs and NEVs (or “automated NEVs”) is unclear in Texas. While the intent of SB 2205 was to legalize the operation of AVs, there is still confusion surrounding the legality of automated NEVs due to a conflict of authority between the existing statutes governing NEVs and the new statute governing AVs.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 9p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01663390
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2018 2:10PM