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Tazzari Zero: kind of a test balloon’

The rain that threatened the ominous clouds over finally begins to fall as I the little car out onto the road. into traffic, the steady of the windscreen wipers is almost out by the din of the powerplant as I press the accelerator its deft, go-kart-like handling as I spin the thick steering along the curved streets Media City. It’s to be a thrilling ride, but not for all the right

Because this is no ordinary and this is no ordinary test. in one of the very few electric cars in the UAE a Tazzari Zero, to be exact owned by the Dubai-based lawyer Krmer, and he’s allowing me to it for a spin on this rare day in the Emirates and talking with me why he bought an electric car.

But talking isn’t so easy. the car is almost silent from the but sitting inside the cockpit, necessary to raise your to talk over the loud of the motor.

Let’s face it, is no ABS, there are no air bags, are no nothing, says Krmer. very basic. But what I was for me, what has a certain charm is it’s so basic.

You can see that a first attempt for these at building a car, and I think done a good job,

And basic it certainly is. The Zero is in Imola, Italy, by Tazzari, an company. And it’s tiny; than a Mercedes Smart with room for two people in its confines, who rest on hard, seats.

There is a radio and air conditioning, though how that perform in 45° Celsius is, to put it mildly, questionable.

I’m it hard to pay attention to Krmer at point, however; as I get up to speed in the it’s starting to get very on the wet roads; hitting a small of water makes the 550kg car and slide, searching for grip. My own on the steering wheel tightens.

Kmer is very interested in energy and eco mobility, enough so he bought the car and had it shipped to the UAE in November for a price of around Dh130,000; not a sum, considering you could buy a new Golf for that price. He it was a relatively painless process.

it over here was easy; I went to register it with the they didn’t have a for it, but I think someone was sympathetic to it; liked the idea of electric in Dubai there. So they to get it registered.

I’ve got the mode set at race; a rather optimistic considering the 20hp or so from the motor underneath the car. It full power to the motor at the of range, which the company would normally be about though Krmer says he gets between 80km and in real-world driving.

The range depends on the traffic he says as I weave around I drive on Sheikh Zayed very often; that takes any power at all, enough. But if you’re stuck in traffic, that takes a lot of

The acceleration takes a lot of power.

I to slow the car and can’t help but let out a yelp; the rotors at all four are about the same size as found on bicycles, and stopping more planning than like. Krmer laughs; well aware of the Zero’s

It does certainly have its but I knew that before I it, and I expected it. It’s kind of a balloon for me. If I had wanted luxury and I certainly wouldn’t have it. But that’s kind of boring; is interesting. If you drive this Sheikh Zayed Road, it’s mad.

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If I go down Jumeirah Beach people stop and get out of their to look. So, that’s kind of

Apart from sliding in the handling of the Zero is razor — its wheels are pushed out to the of the all-aluminium car, so it’s nimble around town. And all of its of torque is available from a so it feels a bit quicker than you it should be, though you still win many stop-light drag

But I’m glad when we arrive at Ker’s home; the squirming of the car in the wet has my knuckles white the wheel. We climb out and Krmer me his charging cord, which is run a normal outlet from his

I don’t have the proper so I made one myself. If I wanted to use the charging speeds, I’d to get one from the factory.

Slow is on a normal household current. It charge overnight, unless I the battery capacity below 20 per then I need about 14 I tried the fast setting and it pretty well melted my

For all of the little green car’s Krmer has no regrets about it. He’s obviously very about the environment, and we chat the UAE’s carbon footprint and of recycling efforts here.

I it’s interesting how easily you can a difference, and not just with tech. When you think separating waste — you take out paper, metal, and suddenly you’ve cut down on waste by 90 per cent.

In the meantime, he will concentrate on he and his family can do. Though he acknowledges buying his Zero is a bit extreme it comes to environmental awareness, says that making change starts with the

I’m not a revolutionary, he says but if I start a revolution in my own life, enough.

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