Zapcar Xebra Sedan

by Mark R

There are times when I struggle to find ideas for Coolest Gadget articles, but sometimes, one will just appear. This was the case of the Zapcar. One moment I’m watching my kids play on the playground, and then the Xebra Electric Sedan pulls up, just begging to be written about.

Once I saw this unusual three-wheeled car, I had to ask the owners about it. I was very intrigued once they told me that the vehicle was totally electrical, with absolutely no gas or petrol is involved. The owners even opened up the lid where the gas should go on an ordinary car, and all I saw was an ordinary electric socket.

To fuel this vehicle, all a Zapcar driver needs to do is hook that socket up to an extension cord, and plug the other end into an ordinary wall outlet. The Xebra Electric Sedan can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge.

Granted, its top speed is only 40 mph (65 kmph), but if you live in a small town like I do, the Zapcar is a very practical and cost-efficient way to travel. Especially the way gas prices keep going up.

The Zapworld line of cars are available for rental reservation and for purchasing on their website. The Xebra Electric Sedan is about $11,700.


3 reviews or comments

Larry Says: June 2, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I read this article.. and thought of an article about ZAP I read in wired..

Adam Says: June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

I’ve driven the pk truck for a week now and after driving the sedan for the last month I’m convinced that it’s a lot better than the car. An obnoxious odor consumed the interior during the charge cycle. Naturally it would stick to the upholstered seats then absorb into your clothing, Paul Sebastian was no match for AGM battery fumes. With the truck all batteries are located outside the cabin. In a crash at least I’d have a better chance of survival since I’m not jockying six lead-acid batteries. Road squeaks and rattles are to a minimum since the pk is a steel cabin compared to the sedans fiberglass. Sometimes it would sound like the back windshield might blow out on a real bumpy road. My pk is an ’07 & the sedan ’08 but the truck feels like it’s years newer: it’s peppier, the “leather” seats are better built, there’s less risk of accidental electrical shock since everything is out in the open and not crammed into a tiny space. Now an 84 volt upgrade ought to be a cinch in the Pk. Thirteen miles one-way to work and all is well if I get a good charge before days end.

Jared Says: October 12, 2008 at 1:30 pm

BWAHAHAHA!!! It’s a the Reliant Regal from Mr. Bean with a new fiberglass body and electric motor!

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