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ZAP Expands to Puerto Rico

19 January 2007

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ZAP’s XEBRA heads to Puerto Rico.

ZAP has entered into a deal for the distribution of its line of electric vehicles—cars, scooters, seascooters, bicycles, and personal transporters—in Puerto Rico.

AJ Imports in Bayamon, a beach community where the company sells and rents vehicles serving primarily the tourism industry, is now the exclusive ZAP distributor on the island. ZAP Director of International Affairs Fernando Cancela says that hundreds of vehicles have already been shipped to AJ Imports.

The distributor has already started marketing ZAP’s ZAPPY3 electric personal transporters, XEBRA Truck, ZAP Seascooters, and BUZZZ electric ATVs.

Since 1994, ZAP has distributed more than 90,000 electric vehicles like the ZAPPY3 PRO personal transporter to more than 75 countries worldwide.

ZAP is in a very good position to serve the needs of developing countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. Many of these smaller countries are vulnerable to volatile oil prices and ZAP’s technologies, especially its electric vehicles, can serve a wide range of needs for lower fueling and maintenance costs—not to mention helping reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

—Fernando Cancela

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Seriously...That is one of the ugliest cars I have ever seen! It looks like someone took a Robin's egg, enlarged it, and put 3 wheels and 4 doors on it. I hate to say it but I think it is because of electric cars like this, that the BEV industry has such a hard time convincing people to buy their vehicles. If you listen to Tesla, one of their biggest hurdles is changing peoples' perception of the BEV, in that BEV's can be fun to drive. I can see why people feel as they do about BEV's. It looks like Zap's heart is in the right place, but their design isn't.

3-wheel vehicle are legally considered to be motorcycles and there for exempt from the safety standards for cars. Not having that 4th wheel keeps the price down.


It makes a lot more sense to have the third wheel in the rear. Anyone who has ever driven a tricycle knows this.

This cars appearance would have to improve a great deal before it could be considered ugly. Send them all to Rio.

I'd have thought you were old enough to be past tricycles by now Lucas. :) Could you engineer the front wheel to move side to side (or lean) enough to keep this thing from flipping over on a corner at 10kph (if it goes that fast)

Neil:

How about a motorcycle with FOUR leaning wheels:

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/prototype-spy-concept/DodgeTomahawkV-10.htm

Very cool. But would it still legally be considered a motorcycle (or is it a Viper you cling to for dear life)?

I've test driven one and listen in to the yahoo group for Xebra owners. Rather than bash it without facts or real knowledge, why don't you go to one of the Xebra dealers and try them out? The batteries are down low and the weight probably adds to the stability. In any case the Xebra owners are very satisfied with their stability. And yes the range and speed are a bit anemic, but this vehicle is 1/10th the cost of the Tesla Testostaroadster. This vehicle clearly isn't for "everyone" but for those who can make use of a 20-40 mile range on regular streets it would be fabulous.

If you would like to learn something about what you are talking about, go to http://www.xebraworld.com . It is a owners site for Xebra owners. There you will see what Xebra owners have to say about their vehicles as well as videos of the vehicles in use. You will see the issues that we deal with but above all you will see how much we love our vehicles. The owners emails are posted on their pages in case you want to learn something rather than just make uneducated comments.

BTW: The whole "it's not stable with the three wheels" is dead wrong. I have not spoken to one person that says the vehicle is unstable. I drive mine everyday and it is totally stable.

As to if it is ugly or not?

To me ugly is a war where thounds of people die so we can make sure our fat butts can sit in our pollution spewing SUVs and suck down as much gas as possible.

To me, ugly is knowing that if someone doesn't do something NOW, my childrens children will still be breathing the stink that comes out of the tail pipes of the vehicles we drive.

To me, ugly is knowing that every time you fill up your gas tank, you are funding the next 911.

That is the ugly truth.

Mark Higley

1) Why are you talking about the Tesla? Can I buy one... well, I can send my money off, but I can't actually GET one. When you buy one AND receive it, let me know. Pipe dreams look awesome, but you get rug burns scooting the pictures of them around in your living room.

2) Ugly? I have a lot of women say it is the cutest car they have ever seen. I get more looks driving them around than any other car, including exotics. Everyone smiles when they see it. Some laugh, some give me a thumbs up, but it gets noticed and that is the important part. If you make it look like an exotic, people will write it off as too expensive or too custom without even looking into it. By the way, Tesla has it right... make it look cool as hell... then charge $100K for it. I will take my $10K Xebra and smile all the way to the bank right after I pass the gas staion laughin.

3) Stability. Ugh. Go test drive it, then talk about stability. The center of gravity is so low, it is VERY stable. Even at 55+MPH (yes, downhill with the wind to my back).

It's easy to say bad things about something new. Change is hard for people to accept and they will sneer far before smile.

I strongly suggest heading over to a local dealer and taking a look and maybe a test drive. It will be the most fun you have had in a while.

-Joseph Gottlieb

Hey, I LOVE my Xebra and I think it is adorable!! Even if I did not think it was so cute there is a HUGE reason to own one; I don't buy or use any gasoline in my day-to-day driving. Oh, and I don't have to do oil changes either. Oh, or tune-ups to my engine. Oh, did I mention no belts, hoses, radiators, exaust systems...?

Yeah, I LOVE my Xebra!!

Sean

Every time I pay out $80 to $100 to fuel my pickup. My Xebra get better looking every time.

Granted it does take longer to go to the store. No. I get there in the same amount of time alright. however. everyone wants to know about it.

4 months and over 1000 smiles.

Dave Thompson

I love my xebra. I haven't bought gasoline in 4 months. I haven't contributed to the war mongerers. My impact on the environment is lessened greatly.

Save a polar bear, drive an electric vehicle.

Julie

Oy Vey Schmeltz- The Xebra is for the hundreds of thousands of people who are doing something to liberate us from the oil grip we find ourselves under. Driving this or other electric vehicles is a way to contribute to our freedom from the oil cartels. BTW, the first VW cars solicited similar comments as yours ... and see what happened later.

less is more!

Well, I guess this was bound to happen... Actually, what I had expected in this thread was: "I'd buy one if it had a biodiesel/E85 flex fuel serial hybrid system" or "Why did they have to make it so darn powerful? Everyone should ride bicycles."

Thanks for the Tomahawk pics, Andrey.

Joseph:
The Tesla was mentioned because of it being generally perceived as a beautifully styled BEV. You can pre-order one at this point...are you suggesting that Tesla is a giant scam or something?

I guess beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. I'd say that if this vehicle suits your needs, and you're ok with the looks, then go for it. It just wouldn't be something for me.

David Greenfield:
I liked the original VW Beetle, although again, its looks weren't for everybody. The point I was trying to hit on is that right now the BEV has a perception problem. They typically have low range, (much like this model), and they have been too different looking to be accepted by the mainstream, (again, much like this model). Why can't Toyota for instance bring out a Camry All-electric car? You can't get more mainstream than that.

Joseph is not saying the Tesla is a scam, he is saying it lives in prototype land right now and even if you put $100k in cash on the counter at Tesla motors, you are not going to be driving away in one.
The people (over 200 on the road right now) who are buying Xebras are doing so for many reasons.
1) First off we are sick and tired of waiting for future cars that never come. We will no longer wait for the perfect mainstream vehicle. We have a totally electric city vehicle that gets us from point A to point B. We Who else can say that? Toyota? GM? Ford? No one else manufactures such a vehicle. When we have to (which is now rare for most of us) we stink up the world with you. Our vehicle is far from perfect, but if we don't support this one and prove there is a buying market and not just a talking market, who will build better EVs in the future?
2) It has nothing to do with the actual look of the vehicle. We are a bit less shallow than that. It is totally electric, that is what matters to us.

As to the range of this vehicle, the US Government says that an EV that has a range of 30 miles (which a Xebra does with opportunity charging) will leave your stinker in your driveway at least 50% of the time (that's being very conservative)for most people. From United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics website:

Why We Travel

45 percent of daily trips are taken for shopping and errands

27 percent of daily trips are social and recreational, such as visiting a friend

15 percent of daily trips are taken for commuting
The Average Driver Drives 29 miles a day

If your sleak/nice looking gas burner is more important to you than our childrens children beathing the toxic fumes your vehicle bellows or the fact that you are paying terrorists to attack us with every gallon of smelly gas you put in your vehicle that is your choice. The people of the EV community are doing everthing we can to counter the damage you are doing and our numbers are growing.

Mark Higley

I LOVE THE STYLE OF THE ZAP LINE OF 3 WHEEL CARS AND I PLAN ON BUYING ONE OF THEIR TRUCKS IN THE SPRING (IF ALL GOES WELL)
I HAVE YET TO SEE OR DRIVE ONE AND I DO NEED MORE INFORMATION ON IT, BUT IF IT WILL HOLD 500 POUNDS AND GO APPROX. 40 MILES ON A CHARGE AS PROMISED, IT WOULD FILL MY "AROUND TOWN" NEEDS TO A TEE !
I HATE HEARING NASTY COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT DONE THEIR HOME WORK AND I CAN FIND NOTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT A MACHINE THAT WILL HELP SAVE OUR PLANET!

BRUCE MARSTON

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