Last month for big tax credit on LSVs

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

With a top speed of 25 miles an hour it might not be the fastest way around town but it could be the easiest and most efficient.

If you see one driving down the street you might think, ‘someone should have taken a mulligan.’
But its not a golf carts it’s a Low Speed Vehicle or LSV for short.

"It really is a good alternative just for running your little errands around town," says, Jeff Emerson of Fairplay Electric Cars. They're battery powered, but unlike golf carts they have hydraulic brakes, seat belts, safety glass, DOT rated tires and more. They’re also part of a growing trend of car alternatives. Emerson says, "We're actually doing pretty well." LSVs run on battery power and can be charged at home says Emerson. "Come home at night plug it in and you'll be ready to go in the morning."

Zarlingo's Golf Cars in Grand Junction sells LSVs among other electric cars and like owner Larry Zarlingo will tell you it's a great way to start going green. "No noise, no carbon footprint, 100 percent recyclability," says Zarlingo.

Along with reducing your carbon footprint if you buy a LSV in the next month you'll also be helping out local non-profits. Until December 31st Zarlingo's will donate $500 to the United Way of Mesa County for every vehicle sold. Zarlingo says, "Take some of that stimulus money and give it back to the community."

That stimulus money being a tax credit of $4,234.72 for the two–seater version and $5,000 plus for the bigger models, but that credit won't last for ever. "December 31st it's over with," says, Zarlingo. Legislators will decide next year to extend or end the credit.

So for now Zarlingo's is just happy to help out locally while thinking globally. A standard LSV costs around $7,000.It goes about 25 to 35 miles on one charge and yes you can even use them on some golf courses.

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