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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 19. Public Safety
Agency 30. Department of State Police
Chapter 70. Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Regulations
5/21/2024

19VAC30-70-690. Inspection requirements for speciality vehicles.

Inspection procedure - converted electric vehicles.

Inspect for and reject if:

1. Any high voltage cables or conduit containing high voltage cables are not completely covered with orange.

NOTE: No high voltage cables may be grounded to the chassis or frame of the vehicle.

2. A breaker or fuse in the high voltage circuit that contains the traction battery pack and the motor controller is not present.

3. An externally mounted switch to open the high voltage circuit in case of an emergency is not present. Such switch must be located where the fuel tank filler cap was located prior to conversion. Any cover protecting the switch must be able to be opened from the outside of the vehicle.

4. Traction batteries are not mounted in secure nonconductive enclosures that provide for limited access. Multiple enclosures may be used but must be connected by high voltage cables encased in conduit made of metal, composite, or other materials of comparable strength, crush, and abrasion resistant to metal or composite.

5. Conduit made of metal, composite, or other materials of comparable strength, crush, and abrasion resistant to metal or composite, encasing any high voltage cable running under or outside of the vehicle is not secured to the vehicle chassis and does not have proper ground clearance.

6. Labeling on three sides of the vehicle identifying such vehicle as "CONVERTED ELECTRIC" is not present on the vehicle. Each label shall be at least six inches long and consist of lettering at least three inches tall.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1165 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 24, eff. August 1, 2012; Errata, 28:25 VA.R. 2077 August 13, 2012.

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