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jonathan150cc 01-19-2010 02:58 PM

"Clever" Electric Car
I was just browsing the web today and I came across some electric cars that I hadn't seen before. I have seen other Smart car cloned electric vehicles on Ebay but never all in one place and never located in the US.

Does anyone have any experience with these?

At only $7,000 new, that $2,500 tax incentive makes this a pretty good deal, right? I'm just a casual fan of electric vehicles and haven't ever owned one.


Christ 01-19-2010 03:31 PM


Why is it so hard to use spell check?

I love the "Electric Genius Cars"...

Christ 01-19-2010 03:33 PM

They're city cars, too...

* Engine Type: Permanent magnet blushless DC motor
* Rated power: 3500 Watts
* Max. torque: 13.3 ft/lbs

* Transmission mode: Shaft drive, Automatic with reverse
* Battery capacity: 105 AH
* Voltage: 12 V
* Rated Voltage: 72 V
* Start method: Electric start
* Battery: Lead acid
* Max. speed: 32 mph
* Running distance per charge: 40 - 60 miles
* Wheelbase: 71.3 inches
* Brake (front / rear): 4 Disc brake
* Suspension: Strut independent suspension with stabilizer bar
* Overall size: 103.6 x 60.9 x 61.5 inches
* Safety: 4-point reel seatbelts on both seats.
* Audio: AM/FM system with MP3 player

jonathan150cc 01-19-2010 04:05 PM

One of them was actually a 4kwh system that could do 45mph for 50 miles. That's not too bad. Tax incentives, if they are still available, require street cars to be at least 4kwh systems. Neighborhood cars, from what I was reading, don't have a power requirement but you only 10% of the cost of the vehicle.

I'm going to keep looking into this. I only have a 6 mile commute to work and I have too many vehicles. Maybe selling them all off will net me an electric.

Christ 01-19-2010 04:13 PM

I'd buy this:

ZSM GS 250

jonathan150cc 01-19-2010 04:18 PM

Yeah, the Zongshen is a pretty sweet little bike... but it's not electric.

Christ 01-19-2010 04:20 PM

That's Ok with me, it's still rated better than a similarly equipped sport bike of the same MY.

I do rather like the reverse trikes they have, as well. Not sure if any of those have an e-option as yet.

Also, they have a non-e 1 wheeled scooter that could be sweet with a fish body enclosure, and I bet it would do great with Lithium and a small e-motor, like 2HP.

alohaspirit 01-19-2010 05:32 PM

rascals brother?

i like how this one folds though

Christopher Jordan 01-20-2010 01:01 AM

Not many of those are in CA. - maybe only 4 or 5. They have a pretty good selection, I sure wish we had an outlet here, but due to safety or pollution issues - some are not allowed (like some sort of cc size problem or a Zap knockoff). That Smart knockoff was available on Craigslist a few years back, but I think they had an infringement, safety or insurance problem in CA. so they vanished.

However- I think the rental shop we have in my town has 10 3-wheel vehicles from that sales address.

jamesqf 01-20-2010 01:46 AM


Originally Posted by Christ (Post 155253)

Why is it so hard to use spell check?

Maybe because to catch that, you'd need a "spell checker" that's smart enough to understand the context of what you're writing, and know that you were discussing the pedals in the car, and not the sales force which peddles it.

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