Time to think green guys. It’s a fact, we are desperately watching the prices of petrol and gas going crazy and there is not much we can do about it. The forecast of future prices is definitely not optimistic for all car drivers. I can hear you scream already... "Oh nooooo, need my car… don’t want to pay so much for gas!” Any idea? Yes, turning to alternative electric or ethanol cars… maybe? They are definitely out-of-the-ordinary cars (for the moment!) and some of them will blast your expectations.
If you've already been considering alternative power, maybe you’ve already seen Ian Wright’s incredible, absolutely stunning, X1 electric car. As mentioned indeed, unfortunately still in the category “prototype” (0-60mph in 3sec. beating Ferrari 360 Spider and Porsche Carrera GT - listen to Ian Wright’s interview for Discovery Channel & take a ride with him on board). Estimated price : $100,000. So you thought : “Mmm... still a bit pricey and what if it rains?” ; )
Then, of course you fell in love with the ultra-sexy Tesla roadster… with a Lotus Elise mod feel, this one is convertible, comes with a roof... tops a 0-60mph in 4 seconds and has a range of 250 miles, top speed 135mph (video from Associated Press here). Still have to pay $90,000 to get one, though. Although electric cars have had terrible range and embarrassing styling, the X1 and the Tesla turned to history the stereotypes of slow, low performance vehicules some previously had in mind. Plus, and this is probably even more important, these technologies are a lot cleaner for our planet than gas engines.
“Ok ok, but what about the price, then?” Well, don’t be disappointed, more new ecologic and economic cars are coming your way, with 4 seats, still stunning performances and... cheaper prices.
ZAP World located in Santa Rosa, California has more than one solution to propose. Whether you'd like to drive electric or ethanol, several car models are there to please you. The great thing about it is that these car designs are going in a direction worth attracting our attention. The era of ugly-odd-looking electric vehicles is definitely over.
Article refers to testing one of their actual models, the Xebra, a little plug and drive funny looking electric car. Let's call it the starter. Because of both its performances, look and price. The Xebra top speed is 40 miles per hour, it has a range of 40 miles and sells for around $9,000. Deliveries to begin Summer 2006.
Now, the most sceptic of you will say… cool, but we want more. Well, just take a look at this other car the Obvio 828 and 828E. This one (still on the funky looking side, indeed) aligns performances you might like better (view video here). With this car, you’ll be able to choose between ethanol and/or gasoline engine (up to 250HP) or totally electric motor (0 to 60 < 4.5 secs with 200HP’s and CVT transmission system – distance range : 200 to 240 miles). On pre-sales only for the moment, the Obvio 828 should come out end of 2007. Price of Obvio 828 around $14,000. How about that? Electric 828E estimated around $49.000.
That’s not all folks… Last but not least the same idea is under development for yet another model. The Obvio 012 (ethanol/gas) and Obvio 012E (electric) – top picture of this post. We’re now talking about a microsport car with outstanding performances. No toy colours, but a stylish silver paint. The Obvio 012 is capable of top speed of 160mph. The Obvio 012E will reach top speed of 120mph, and punches a noble 0-60 < 4.5 secs. This post wouldn’t be long enough to feature all the equipement of this car… iMobile Carputer : GPS, internet and email access, personal organizer, satellite radio, digital multimedia player, DVD player and other fantastic things. On pre-sales, of course… delivery to be determined. Estimated price : $59,000.
So, please Mr. Schneider, if you need test drivers for ZAP electric vehicles, don’t hesitate to send us a mail, we’re definitely ready to wizzzz for you!