This SAE Standard defines the safety and performance requirements for Low Speed Vehicles (“LSV”). The safety specifications in this document apply to any powered vehicle with a minimum of 4-wheels, a maximum level ground speed of more than 32 km/h (20 mph) but not more than 40 km/h (25 mph),), and a maximum gross vehicle weight of 1361 kg (3000 pounds), that is intended for operating on designated roadways where permitted by law.
Purpose - added reference to FMVSS 49cfr571.500.
References - added SAE J386 and SAE J2292, removed J114, J140, J141, J339, J384 and J800.
Definitions - added Curb Weight, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and clarified Rated Capacity and Test Vehicle.
Occupant Protective Systems - added requirements of SAE J386 and SAE J2292 to include Type II restraints.
Stability - added C.G. location of operator/passenger Test Weight, included Acceptance criteria for Lateral Stability, and revised Figure 2 and Figure 3 to improve clarity while formatting both in metric/English.
Service Brake - added Optional Service Brake Fade Test.
Rear Vision - added Rear Vision requirements of 49cfr571.111 - S6.2.
Battery Installation - move section 6.7 and Figure 4 to Electric Powered Vehicles for clarity and convenience.
Containment - added sections on Impact Containment and Roll-over Containment to Spark and Compression Ignition Engine Powered Vehicles.