The Department of Transportation (DOT) says new regulations that go into effect July 1 will make it harder for cars to travel more than three miles on a single charge, a new standard that was originally proposed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says that a car must travel a distance of more than 10 feet (3 meters) in any given charge, even when stopped.
A car traveling over 10 feet will be considered “pedestrian-only” under the new standards.
It also says that the distance of 10 feet is a minimum, and that the speed limit for vehicles is 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour).
It says a vehicle must be stopped for the purposes of a traffic-control signal and for the purpose of an intersection, or if stopped for other reason, must be parked at the curb.
The DOT says the new rules will increase the amount of time that drivers can spend in a stationary position on the road.
In a statement, the department said the changes are needed because of the high rates of pedestrian fatalities and injuries that have occurred in recent years.
The agency says the change in regulations was designed to help keep vehicles off the road and to increase safety for all road users.
More than 300,000 vehicles were reported stolen in 2015, according to the DOT.