Electric car plant hoped for in Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday allowing low-speed electric vehicles on some state roads in an effort to lure an electric car manufacturing plant to Kentucky.

Beshear directed the Transportation Cabinet to develop and implement a regulation authorizing the use of the vehicles on highways with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less.

Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said the regulation should be ready in two to three months. In the meantime, the three- or four-wheeled vehicles remain illegal because they top out at speeds around 40 mph.

Beshear said he hopes the order will help Kentucky land a ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) electric car manufacturing plant that would cost more than $100 million to build and equip.

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