The Zap Electric Car
The ZAP electric car is not a NEV, because it has only three wheels and strictly speaking is not even a car. Strange as it may seem, it is officially classified as a motorbike, like the NmG. However, many people who are interested in NEVs might also like to consider the ZAP.
The ZAP Xebra Sedan is the one with the fabulous zebra stripes----perfect for those of you who like to make an entrance and be noticed. You know who you are! Actually, as you may have noticed, I have a particular liking for this Design Statement in the form of a car!
The ZAP has similar advantages to the NmG. You can lane-split where legal. You can use car-pool lanes. In some places, you can even get off the ferry first, if you have a ferry-commute. You can also license and park the Zap like a motorbike, which is an enormous advantage.
There is also a solar panel version of the Zap electric car. Zap say that, by itself, this panel can fuel short journeys. Very short, I would think! Realistically speaking, the panel works as a supplemental source of power to add a bit more range to your journeys, just like regenerative braking would. But it's all good! Anything that uses renewable solar energy and replaces polluting fossil-fuel energy is good by me. Well done ZAP!
The ZAP has a lower speed than the NmG, and therefore is not legal on the highway. Its maximum speed is 40 miles per hour, which means it has similar limitations to a NEV, in terms of what roads it can be used on. But hey, if you drove any faster, those lovely stripes would go all blurry!
P.S. For the less showy-off amongst you, the zap car does come in more subdued colours, like plain blue, with no design whatsoever, just like any old car!
They're clean! They're green!