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Old 06-11-2008, 02:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Saw a new EV fly past me today..

this this deal out..

price vs range isn't exactly is a deal maker, but cool none the less

The one I saw was this model, green in color tho.




http://www.zapworld.com/electric-veh...rs/xebra-sedan

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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funky lookin..

If I could afford one I'd get the zenn..
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmm...3 wheels...third wheel in front...I'll pass thanks. But it would be a cool idea the other way around.
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id get one if they doubled the range of it .. need a 60 mile a day range to get to work..and home after charging all day top speed could be a bit higher..like 50mph..

other wise all this is is a golf cart with a shell on it
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actually, it's a velomobile with a motor and flipped the wrong way...
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Hmm...3 wheels...third wheel in front...I'll pass thanks. But it would be a cool idea the other way around.
I agree. it's my understanding that it's much more stable to have the third wheel in back.

But it's still cool lookin.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've ridden in one of those things,

It's pretty fun.

Why is it that everyone here totally pimps out their gas car, but then says how an electric vehicle like this isn't good enough?

What's our motto here? "If it ain't fixed, mod it!"

I bet half the people here could pimp out that ride for 50% more speed AND double the range.

ZENN is a slick little car, too. But If I had an electric just for "improving" I would try to get my hands on a Zap or a Citicar!
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Top Gear tested the vehicle in London. Of course they don't favor "slow vehicles", so it didn't get high marks. IIRC, they commuted with a kid in a child-seat in the back, and it didn't work-out so good.

Cool idea maybe for one person to/from work. Handling may be quirky as noted.

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My favorite part..seating up to 4 (303 pounds)
Thats an average of 75 3/4 pounds.
Perfect for the 9 yr old who has everything?
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I agree. it's my understanding that it's much more stable to have the third wheel in back.
2F1R and 1F2R are equally stable if designed correctly.

A 2F1R (tadpole) trike tends to have less stability during acceleration, but more stability during braking. It also tends to understeer during cornering. Since more force is generated during braking and traditional cars generally understeer, the 2F1R is more popular.

A 1F2R trike tends to have more stability during acceleration, but less stability during braking. It tends to oversteer during cornering.

I remember hearing about some type of controversy over Zap and its owner. I know they had quality issues with their cars, such as faulty weatherstripping and poor assembly, but I'm not sure what the issue was. If it went a little faster/further, I'd drive one.

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