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Can America’s masses get charged on cars?

A man looks at a 2006 ZAP a fully electric car that up to 40 mph, at the San Francisco International Show, California, in this 19, 2005 file photo. ZAP has so far less than 1,000 but last month anchored a $79 order from Chicago-based The Vehicle Company. It aims to 10,000 ZAP electric cars and to local governments, universities and like Domino’s Pizza, is testing the Xebra for deliveries.


SANTA ROSA, (Reuters) — The ZAP Xebra is a running on basic batteries, and easy to maneuver. It is more a golf cart and less a compact car and costs just $10,000.

They are cute in own ugly way. They are the VW of the cars. They are the car of the people, ZAP CEO Steve Schneider said, to a Xebra fleet painted in Green, Lipstick Red or Zebra (with stripes).

While others hammer at battery technology to make cars go further and cost ZAP (as in zero air pollution) believes it has the in its tiny Xebra cars in China: Plug it in at home and go up to 40 per hour for up to 25 miles.

The key is to keep the car said Schneider, noting a single-wheel front end is a crucial of containing costs.

ZAP last anchored a $79 million order Chicago-based The Electric Vehicle which aims to sell ZAP electric cars and trucks to governments, universities and companies Domino’s Pizza, which is the Xebra for deliveries.

That may be the largest order for vehicles in history. But even increased awareness about warming produced by carbon and the high price of gasoline, masses may not be ready to jump on the vehicle.

Ten thousand dollars is a lot of for a limited function vehicle, Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car

While all-electric vehicles no pollution when they are they are still responsible for at the power plants that the electricity to charge their

If you are going to be living in a retirement or if you are doing all your travel in a area where the speed are appropriate, neighborhood electric or low-speed ones are great, added.


Indeed, America’s urban have just sprawled too to make a low-speed electric a viable option for many. it could work wonderfully in Rosa or even San Francisco, anyone in freeway-mad Los Angeles get by with one.

That is why electric car enthusiasts are their mass-market bets on Motors Corp.’s Chevrolet a plug-in electric car with a combustion range extender

Now still a concept car, GM begin production as soon as costs fall below per car. Its experience with the its defunct electric car featured in the Who Killed the Electric Car?, has instrumental in developing the Volt and its

We hope the battery can catch up to us and it is not too far out in the said Tony Posawatz, line director for the Volt. It is sooner than most think.

GM plans to price the Volt at a over the standard compact of $20,000 and make it accessible to a volume of potential customers, said.

The Volt will a 40-mile range between which covers most in the United States, according to Boschert, author of the book Hybrids: The Cars That Recharge America.

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But she said the to give it an engine as a back-up to who fear getting stranded is a one.

I love all-electric and I actually think they are better in a lot of ways, said But I think most Americans who are with driving on electricity be more comfortable starting out a plug-in hybrid.


Cogan calls the Volt an short-term answer and an important for future products.

As battery develops, Cogan believes will sell different including lower priced with a shorter range.

No seems content to stay on just one segment of the electric car

Maverick Tesla Motors is at the high end, selling its Roadster sports car at over and boasting a waiting list of It is also moving down to a sports sedan to cost $50,000 and $65,000.

I think have a good chance of through to something everyone can said Boschert.

And ZAP, it has yet to see its main market take is developing the ZAP X with Lotus a $60,000 vehicle with a of up to 350 miles and a range extender.

But Schneider remains attached to the of his ugly-cute, three-wheeler and hopes a or two adopt the Xebra, like DiCaprio adopted Toyota Co.’s Prius hybrid.

We a challenge of adding the cool to the economic factor, said

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