2008 Zap Xebra Review The Truth About Cars

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2008 Zap Xebra Review

to GM Car Czar Bob Lutz, The electrification of the is inevitable.   Inevitability also to the sun going cold. But with gas prices, some of us old timers are impatient (having had our youthful whetted by GM s Electrovair way back in The Li-ion-powered Tesla Roadster is sold out and yet not in production.

Dozens of miraculous EV s are just a $5k deposit and an adjustable (and not so inevitable) date away. Meanwhile, at your local Zap dealer, the proclaims: saving the planet, one at a time. Their Xebra is all and ready to roll.

The idea of the has certain compelling aspects. A cost as little as thirty-five Its advertised top speed is 40mph. The range would do the job for a round-the-town mobile.

And $11,200 buys approving from PC neighbors for reducing carbon footprint; that s a-tenth of the costs of a Tesla.


I m thinking Tesla s got it all backwards. Why $125k for a Roadster AND a conventional car (a for longer trips, going or picking up the folks at the airport)? that amount will put a on display in the driveway with left over to stash a Boxster or ‘Vette in the garage.

Run errands all week for a penny per and head for the hills on the weekend.

Unfortunately, Zap spends more and energy on hyping vaporware its stock) than actually functional vehicles, as documented in scathing expose. Their web entices eco-warriors with a of EV s offering blazing acceleration (0 -60 in 4.5 and miraculous range (240 Delivery: TBD.

Zap s stock at $4 a share in 2004 with the of its electric-conversion Smart car. that program short-circuited, its began a protracted melt-down $.58). Desperate, Zap turned to for something tangible to sell. electric three-wheelers are common and there (about $3k). in small factories that are but environmentally responsible.

ZAP imports with a hefty markup.

The s questionable provenance is painfully Its crudely finished fiberglass is a rolling wart of huge gaps, wavy surfaces and edges. The tiny car s interior a flood of childhood memories of squeezed into an original 500, without the playful use of and materials.

The Xebra screams kit car, when checking out its primitive mechanicals. Six conventional twelve-volt batteries provide 72 volts to the (not a typo) coffee-can

I arrived an hour too late to the one sedan at the dealer. The buyers busy signing papers for the heavily-optioned metallic-green apple of eye. What did the extra $5k buy

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Air conditioning? Power windows? power? Not available at any price.

We re custom wiring, an upgraded LED lights, alloys and a custom that would make Scheib proud.

Once I squeezed myself the Xebra pick-up, I had to contort my to operate the two pedals located on the side of the steering column. As I into traffic, I was overwhelmed by the that I ve just committed a prank stealing one of those garbage-can haulers from a center. And I m having doubts I m going to be able to outrun the guard running after me.

and level, the speedometer eventually an unsteady waver between and thirty-four. A moderate hill drops speed into the Every bump, crack and becomes an obstacle to avoid or The motor whines like a about to expire (the admits the sedan is even I have no desire to check the range of this motorized

Which way is back to the convention Why does my xB suddenly feel a Bentley?

A Xebra owners forum reveals a consensus on 15 to 17 miles. And there are tales of woes of terrible build and material defects. Zap s six month is a small consolation. Discussions on ways to fix and improve the Xebra s of shortcomings.

ZAP dealer Mark bluntly responds to a damsel in with a dead Xebra: I recommend it as a primary source of .

The weekend Boxster is going to to wait until someone my formula for a cheap urban errand-mobile: convert a $2500 Nano (which looks spacious, well finished and compared to the Xebra), give it a 30 mile range and a 45mph top and price it at $8k to $10k. That s so it should be inevitable.

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