The Zap! comes to Siloam Springs

This little green contraption surprised me a couple months ago at a local motorsports dealer.


I finally snapped a photo of it with my cameraphone. This is the all electric Zap! Xebra sedan. As I recall, it tops out at 40 mph and has a range of 25 miles.

Zap! isn’t the most reliable or reputable company, but this still seems worth mentioning. The car is almost $12,000, and somehow squeezes four seats into the tiny three-wheel automobile. Frankly, I wouldn’t spend twelve grand on this car. I’d sooner look for a used Honda or Toyota. There are mechanics in Arkansas who know their way around a Japanese car, and they get good enough gas mileage I won’t feel guilty about my carbon footprint — although, I probably wouldn’t feel guilty about this anyway. My wife and I don’t drive much as it is, and try and live a sustainable lifestyle otherwise.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to The Zap! comes to Siloam Springs

  1. Tim J. says:

    Not to mention, the electricity to run these hybrid cars has to come from somewhere… most usually a coal-fired power plant, unless it’s hydroelectric or nuclear, which environmentalists aren’t very excited about, either.

    Personally, I think nuclear is where the future is, but responsible hydroelectric projects are pretty green, overall.

    The best approach is to banish suburbs and build better cities.

  2. pNielsen says:

    How is it that so many people don’t think that through? That’s how we’ve ended up in the mass-manufactured nightmare we’re in causing so much of the “climate change” and other hubbub.

    My officemate agrees with you on nuclear. Lot of PR needed there first though. But I agree, better designed lifestyles (cities, homes, offices etc) are key to any kind of real change.

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