Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, NEVs or street legal golf carts are popping up all over South Florida. Drivers are feeling the breeze in their hair and not feeling the pinch at the gas pump.
Annie, a 5-year-old yellow labrador retriever, and Kevin Hall load up into the family golf cart to take a ride through their southeast Fort Lauderdale neighborhood.
"You just hop on the golf cart, the windshield is always down, you get the breeze in your face. It’s fun," Hall said.
It's fun more people are having.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has about 17 on the road. The city divided one car parking space into four cart spaces.
"Just from an energy efficient point of view, they are electric vehicles they are not emitting any Co2 into the environment. So it's a win-win for everyone," said Mayor Roseann Minnet.
New carts cost around $6,000, but that's about it. They run for pennies a mile.
"We can run around on about 30 cents all day, a 30 cent charge for the day so that speaks for itself," said cart user David Gadsby.
"A normal charge will last you 30 to 40 miles, and that's a good day. It's a long distance and it's very enjoyable for everyone," says John Baker owner of Southern Custom Carts.
The NEVs are legal on streets with speed limits of 35 or less. And they come equipped with lights, a horn and seat belts.
"I don't have a problem with safety at all. Not even driving on A1A because the bike lane is wide enough that you can actually pull over to the side if you got a motorist behind you who is a bit impatient," says Stuart Dodd.
Kevin Hall has had his cart for four years and says more of his neighbors are joining in.
"Around here there is are a half a dozen in our couple of block area. So, yes, I recommend it," Hall says. "We love it."
State transportation officials say Palm Beach County has the most registered NEVs in the Florida with 154. Broward County is second with 149, and 38 in Miami-Dade.