Frequently asked questions
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What is a Small Solar Car (SSC) and where can I see them online?
Are Small Solar Cars street legal?
A small solar car can become 'street legal' (i.e. legal to drive on city streets) when either: (A) A small solar car that is not manufactured to operate on public roads is converted to a street legal small solar car by the owner by adding the appropriate equipment, or (B) the manufacturer or supplier complies with all of the relevant regulations for supplying street-legal vehicles before sale.
Most SSCs that someone might import to the US from international suppliers will not be street legal upon arrival. Such vehicles need to be imported first as a motor vehicle not for use on public roads and then converted to a motor vehicle compliant with the relevant federal and state highway safety regulations in order to be used on public roads. These regulations vary state by State.
There is a large variety of different regulations for different variations of vehicle design and performance. We will be providing more detailed information on these issues and how to convert an imported non-public-roads SSC to a street legal SSC in the future.
Most SSC’s that are street legal will be limited to community roads and prohibited from freeways and limited access or high speed highways because of their more efficient (less than 30 mph) operational speeds.