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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is concerned with the growing popularity of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Specifically, the IIHS worries that these vehicles are increasingly being allowed to travel on public roads where traffic often moves at higher speeds than the cars were initially designed to travel on.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is reportedly considering how best to regulate NEVs as more of them begin to hit our nation's roadways. For its part, IIHS spokesman Joe Nolan says the organization may begin crash testing the "souped-up golf carts" to demonstrate their safety deficiencies when compared with normal cars and trucks. Current estimates put roughly 100,000 NEVs on the road today.

[Source: Wall Street Journal - Sub. Req'd via TTAC]