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ZAP Adds Solar Option to Xebra Xero Truck

7 March 2007

ZAP has designed a solar option for its Xebra Xero electric truck design—a photovoltaic panel that ZAP says can offer short-distance driving on sunlight alone.

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Solar Xebra.

The Xebra truck has attracted interest from several large fleets, according to ZAP. It is available as a 4-door sedan or 2-passenger truck, good for city-speed driving up to 40 mph with a range of 25 miles per charge.

The truck, which uses lead-acid batteries and a DC motor, recharges normally by plugging into a standard 110 volt outlet for a full charge in up to six hours and a 50% charge in 1.5 hours. The ZAP Truck converts into a flatbed or dump-bed that can tilt to allow maximum exposure to the sun.

The Xebra Truck with the Xero Solar Panel Option will cost about $12,000.

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I was thinking that one could do that because of the large area above the bedcover. Does anyone know how long it would take to recharge the batteries from the solar panels alone? 2 days? 3 days? What's the output of the solar panels and the battery storage?

The solar panel won't take you too far (mabye 5 miles after a full day in the sun), but it's a start. I am a ZAP dealer and Xebra enthusiast and I have just sold a solar Xebra truck this week. The owner has a webpage here on Xebra World http://tinyurl.com/2k7s7o .

Xebra World http://www.xebraworld.com is an owners site where real Xebra owners post their experiences and contribute to a mountain of information on the ZAP Xebra. If you want to quit guessing and find out what this vehicle is really all about, go there.

Back to solar Xebras. Everyone knows that we aren't going to be driving across the country on solar alone in a solar Xebra. What we do know is that it's cool. It looks cool and it is cool. Is that worth $1800? To many people it is. Interest is very high and sales are begining to increase for the solar Xebra. I frankly am surprised. I thought it would be a novelty, but the more I look at it, the more I want it. Like I said, it's just cool.

Mark Higley

i would like to know if the xebra can be outfitted with a solar and battery system? that is to say a back up system. i saw the three wheel car, however, i would be more interested i the four wheel model. what would the four wheel dual system cost? please reply soon.

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