Winks vs Other Electric LSVs
There is no shortage of low speed electric vehicles on the market. With a huge amount of available features and models ranging from glorified golf carts to street legal urban daily drivers, it can get a little confusing. We at Wink Motors have worked hard to design a vehicle that outshines the competition at a fraction of the price. Here’s a list of how we stack up on the most important factors.
Street Legal LSV
First and foremost, with the exception of a few regions, all of Wink’s electric vehicles are DOT-compliant and street legal. This means you can drive them on any road with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. Many of the other LSVs on the market are only meant for closed communities and off-road paths, so they lack some of the basic safety features. Even worse, many companies make claims of street legality without actually meeting the basic regulations.
While the standards vary between jurisdictions, most agree that to drive a vehicle on a public road, you need seat belts, turn signals, headlights, brake lights, rear view and side mirrors, and a VIN number. Every Wink model includes these as well as some extra comforts that you would expect of a standard car. This includes heating, air conditioning, and a high-quality entertainment system.
Same Battery as Leading Electric Cars
Most low speed electric vehicles use a lead-acid battery to power their motor. These only have a 3 to 5 year lifespan. Not only can it cost a small fortune to replace these batteries, but they’re also a huge problem for the environment. If you’re considering an electric vehicle, there’s a chance that environmental issues are important to you.
That’s why all Winks are powered with a lithium-iron-phosphate battery, which is the same battery used in all Tesla Models, as well as most other full size EVs. These have a 20 year lifespan, which means you’re saving money and keeping as many as 6 batteries out of landfills.
We’ll be upfront with this one: Any LSV is going to save you a bundle over a full size car. If the majority of your trips are under 10 miles, you can drastically cut your expenses by sizing down. But even within the electric LSV market, there’s a wide range of prices. One of the leading brands on the market starts at $13,000 dollars for a model with no doors, a low quality battery, and none of the standard accessories of a full size car. On the other hand, the most expensive Wink, the Mark 2 Solar, costs $11,995. For that price, you get all of the accessories, a top of the line battery, and, of course, doors. We don’t believe comfort and performance should be behind a paywall.
When you way out performance, comfort, and price, there’s no question that Wink is leading the pack for electric vehicles. If you’re ready to join the LSV revolution, check out our full line of fully loaded Winks.