(This was cloned from another thread that I didn't want to hijack.
Small Planet Electric Vehicles because of the ZAP car & Truck.
Tom Wilson is owner and has a ZAP pickup there now.
So what do you guys think about this? Rated range of 25 miles and top speed of 40 mph. SLA Batteries. (Nowhere does it say 25 miles at 40 mph.) Can an electric vehicle like this ever be much more than I toy for most of us? My criteria for ever buying another escooter is can it make it to Boulder and back. This is 25 miles with some of it at 55 mph to be safe. This is an easy way to prune out a lot of scooter choices including possibly the Vectrix. I never considered that the same criteria would rule out some cars.
If this thing really has a range of 25 miles, that means a practical range of 12 miles or the batteries will be slayed. This means 6 miles out, 6 miles back with no side trips. (And this is optimal range. Old batteries and cold weather would certainly cut into this.) I routinely go father that this on my bike with range to spare. I really like the idea of a bed with folding sides. (Typical Zap. Even their brochure doesn't tell you how big it is, but I'm guessing roughly 4'x4'.) I could certainly haul groceries in it, and some lumber. Sheet goods wouldn't fit though.
I guess I'm just trying to work out in my head who this is designed for?