Neighborhood Electric Cars, Urban Electric Vehicles, City Cars, Three Wheelers...? HELP!!
Relax! Welcome to the neighborhood. (Sorry, I had to go there, didn't I?: )
The Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, aka NEV, is a category invented by NHTSA, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
Here's what you need to know:
The Zap Xebra sedan painted in black and white zebra stripes is just about the cutest thing EVER.
It's not a neighborhood electric car because it's only got three wheels (but don't worry, it's not going to fall over!) and it actually gets up to 40 mph.
Xebras are city-class three wheelers, legally akin to MOTORCYCLES.
...and get this:
It comes in a solar panel version called Zap Xebra Zero and a pickup truck version, too.
Hey, is the Xebra with a solar panel just a gimmick, or a serious solar powered car?
Follow the link to read my article about it!
If you want a safe, affordable, ADORABLE electric car - zebra stripes or not - from a company with a lot of promise...you'll want to look into these.
This stands for Myers Motors No more Gas.
(Doesn't that about say it all?)
This car, by the way, is commonly referred to as a Sparrow, or the Corbin Sparrow.
It's the same CAR; it's just that Myers Motors acquired Sparrow (the original company) or somesuch thing. This happens quite a bit, as it turns out, because times have been tough in the electric car business.
The important thing is...
...they're in production so they're available...ish..., they're adorable, and also three-wheeled city cars.
YEAH, baby!; )
If you've got a dash of double-o-seven and need for speed, this could be your car.
This actually is a four-wheeled car, unlike the two I just introduced to you.
It's a luxury sedan, holds two people and some stuff, and goes not as fast as the three-wheelers do: A true neighborhood electric vehicle, but of the fairly posh variety.
This is how the company puts it:
Safety first, performance first, comfort first. (We don't believe in second place.)
Zenn Motor Company gets these neighborhood electric cars originally in France, and then sends them through Canada (where it gets converted from gas to electric) to the United States. You'd think all this shipping and importing and converting might make it expensive, but it's NOT. It's on the same scale as the rest.
ZENN stands for...
Zero Emissions, No Noise.
These look very nice inside, quite luxurious. The cockpit looks just like any other (nice, new) car.
If you've outgrown your zebra-stripe years - ahem - these neighborhood electric cars might be the ones that float your boat.; )
The Might-E Truck is a mid-sized electric work truck built by Canadian Electric Vehicles. It goes 25 miles an hour, like all NEVs can, but it really expands the idea of what is possible in an NEV, as well.
These are being used as mainenance and gardening vehicles, hazmat, light garbage trucks, etc. They save a ton of emissions, and a ton of maintenance costs.