This is Carey's 100%
electric ZAP Xebra around-town vehicle.
It is classified as a
Three-Wheeled Motorcycle and a Zero Emission Vehicle. She sees it as a
minimalist vehicle that does everything she needs around town (seats 4 plus
groceries), while being drier than her bike in the wet Portland winters. It
quiet, if bouncy ride.
With Carey's 2.7 kW
Photovoltaic Solar Panel system, all of the electricity running the car is
generated from the sun, making this a Solar-Powered Vehicle.
Some of the major points about this vehicle which are posted in the back
Maximum speed: 40 mph (no highway
Range: 20 miles on an overnight
charge, charging during the day adds range
Charging: on-board charger, uses
regular household 110v, 3-prong outlet, 20 Amp circuit
Cost: 2 cents/mile for
electricity, 3 cents/mile for eventual battery replacement
A car that gets 20mpg costs about
15 cents/mile for $3/gal gas and more for maintenance.
Batteries: Six 12-volt, lead
acid, Absorbed Glass Matt,
Seats: 4 with seatbelts, 500 lbs.
Insurance: State Farm $160/year
this car is like being in a one-car parade. It acts as an electric
anti-depressant, as everywhere you go, people smile, wave, shout, point, give
you the thumbs up, take photos, and exclaim “I love your car”.