2007 Miles ZX40S EV Review The Truth About Cars

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2007 Miles ZX40S EV

“So you to drive the speed demon, The local eco-dealership was empty for a salesman spinning laps electric cars and trucks in a Zap a sort of poor man s Segway. know the ZX40 won t do more 25 miles per hour, right?” the sales manager. She looks as if revelation typically scares off like myself. “Sure,” I How bad could it be?

As we walk through the the Miles ZX40S instantly out from its competitors thanks to the that it actually looks a car. This is no coincidence. the Zap Xebras that crowd the lot are more than tarted-up -a fact readily admitted to by the forthright sales manager- the is based on a Chinese license-built Move.

This means four four doors, trunk and “real” suspension- features make this model so among EV early-adaptors.

In fact, the ZX40S is so popular that I was able to test drive the model. Its DC motor offers hill-climbing ability and lacks the braking that makes its replacement model fly off the lots. But a ZX40S is listed at $20k (if you can one before it sells), while outgoing model is on “internet for $14,999.

For that money you get “real car” amenities as a CD and foglamps.

But it doesn t take long to that as “real cars” go, Daihatsu Moves barely muster. The body is remarkably a smaller (yep!) Mk1 Scion xB, room for four adults and a sense of spaciousness. Inside “cheap-and-cheerful” doesn t begin to the Wal-Mart-grade upholstery and interior

The “straight out of Tianjin” impressions as you struggle to make your work and jiggle the ignition endlessly. The surprisingly unembarrassed manager had just concluded she had grabbed the wrong key when the LCD display finally lit up.

Any of the ZX40S s to a “real car” are quickly coincidental by its performance. Though its can haul it to 45 mph, federal electronically limits the Miles to a 25 mph. Flip the dash-mounted switch transmission to its single gear and mash the throttle, and the pulls away from the with the urgency of a well-laden cart.

On quiet residential roads, the is in its element. Roll down the crank up whale songs on CD player and you could cruise for (well, 50 miles if you re lucky), the neighborhood with zero-emission There s plenty of throttle to ease comfortably into the peak kilowatts, and additional eliminate any chance of a snappy response.

When egged on by the sales to “open er up” on Portland s Sandy the I got the ZX40S to hit a federal-law-flouting 28 mph. prompted a round of jokes Justice Department investigations and the of high speeds, not all coming me. My minder expressed frustration at the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) pointing out that states are them.

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When asked the federal laws which state deregulation, all I got was a vague is working on that.” Questions a planned $30k, highway-capable EV get the same answer.

But despite the ZX40S s many and the wide variety of far more vehicles available for $15-20k, the is selling. While Xebras unloved and unloveable. If the speed and weak-sauce range aren t to turn you away, the Miles everything an LSV should.

It s got a flexible with space for a small and it exudes an undeniable quirky

But take care not to take on the s eco-friendly compromises too lightly. Buy one and you be constantly reminded of your to environmental sustainability. Like, you try to buckle your seatbelt. Or five minutes trying to the thing.

Or watch your interior itself apart at 25 mph.

The line is that it will match similarly-priced (or cheaper) cars” like the Fit or Yaris in performance or usability. If your is “earth first” rather “pocketbook first,” the ZX40S may be best bet.

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