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Not your Grandpa's golf cart: puttering about town in an electric car.

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:53pm
Was out and about at the Celebrate the Earth Festival in Roseville on Saturday [by the way, it was a really nice event on a beautiful day, despite the chilly wind].

Ran across a vendor that I spent some time talking with, of Lincoln, CA. Now I wasn't particularly interested in their luxury golf carts [not my style], but I found their ZapTruck XL (pictured) pretty interesting.
It is street legal on roads of up to 45 MPH, max speed of 25 MPH with a range of 30 miles. It is 100% electric, so it it a zero emmissions vehicle. Max payload is 770 lbs. Some of our roads in my town are "jr. highways" that run up to 50 MPH [with translates to real speeds of 60MPH]. But we could literally drive it down to the supermarket or run most errands about town. It also comes in a four passenger model. It runs at just under $11,000.

With gas approaching $4.00, vehicles like this could become a viable "errand" vehicle in most urban and suburban settings. I'm not running out to get one anytime soon, bit it was good to see these vehicles emerging as alternatives to the internal combustion engine.

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