Is the New Moke a Street Legal Golf Cart?

Golf carts, such as EZ Gos, are often referred to as low speed vehicles. Nevertheless, the naming convention was once used to let consumers know if an LSV could be operated off of the golf course. Knowing this, Moke, a golf cart manufacturer, labeled their new powersports machine a low speed vehicle. But despite this strategic marketing decision the new LSV produced by Moke appears to be a luxury street legal golf car. Find out why down below.


Moke Electric Golf Cart


In the eyes of the law, a street legal golf cart is an LSV that is equipped with a collection of DOT approved safety equipment. For those unfamiliar with the safety related subject, DOT, or Department of Transportation, requires the following items to be installed on a low speed vehicle prior to the powersports machine being operated on a road.


  • Windshield and wiper
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Side and rear view mirrors
  • Head, tail, turn, and brake lights
  • Parking brake
  • Seat belt
  • Reflectors


In addition, the golf car in question must have the traits listed hereafter.


  • Top speed of at least 20 mph but no more than 25 mph
  • Registered, titled, and insured with local entities
  • Operator of the low speed vehicle must have a driver’s license


Once all of the attributes listed above are adhered to, golf carts may be operated on roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less. 


Now that we know a bit more about street legal LSVs let’s use this information to determine whether the new Moke is street legal or just an off-road low speed vehicle.


Moke Electric Cart


Without a doubt, the new Moke golf cart is super customizable. For example, there are 13 separate color options available for the body, grill, bumper, and rollbar. But as impressive as these cosmetic golf cart options are, they do not aptly reflect whether the new Moke electric car is a luxury street legal low speed vehicle. Taking this into consideration, let’s go over which safety gear items the LSV manufacturer opted to install on the base model golf car.


  • Capable of going up to 25 miles per hour
  • Has a parking hand brake installed
  • Comes with disc brakes in the front
  • Features drum brakes in the back
  • Powersports machine is equipped with head, rear, tail, turn, and brake lights
  • Each bucket type chair has a seat belt
  • Windshield and wipers
  • Reflectors


Needless to say, the Moke electric car does appear to have all of the DOT mandate requirements except one. A VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. That said, if the motorized device comes with the aforementioned label then LSV fans would be able to use the low speed vehicle as a street legal golf cart. For those that find this prospect ideal, here are a few noteworthy attributes worth evaluating prior to purchase.


  • New Moke electric golf cart does not have a roof
  • Electric low speed vehicle comes with a 12 kWh battery
  • The Powersports machine takes about seven hours to fully recharge
  • Starting price is $21,000


Bintelli Powersports, located in Charleston, South Carolina is your one stop shop for golf carts, 

LSVs, motorcycles, atvs, dirt bikes, scooters, mopeds, go karts, and more. Nationwide shipping and financing is available! Give them a call at (843) 405-8366 or visit them online!