Spotting an All-Electric ZAP Xebra Microcar on the Streets of San Francisco

Well, here it is, straight-outta-Shandong, it’s a three-wheeled ZAP! Xebra all-electric car / motorcycle.

Now, one of the things you should know by now is to never trust anything said by anybody from an electric car company. (Sometimes they’ll lie to you on purpose and sometimes they’ll lie to you inadvertently.) Anyway, I’ll let Wiki take over now – seems as if Santa Rosa-based ZAP! has more than it’s fair share of issues.

Recently seen on Market Street:

Take a look at the video of a Xebra on Sloat from the Cat Snuggler – this could be the same exact vehicle.

Let’s hope the range is over 15 miles per charge IRL for the newer models.

Wow! You can even buy them on the craigslist.

Keep a look out.

2008 ZAP! Xebra Sedan  
Shipment just arrived. Red, blue, green, and other colors available. Tax credits and sales tax free. Here is your chance to go all electric and stop using gas! Stock 72 Volt. Upgrades to 84 volt are available at extra cost. All Electric! | Top speed 40mph | Max range 20-25 miles | 4 door 4 seater | 110v charge | Max capacity 500lbs | 72v system

  • Curtis Controller
  • Power Locks
  • Metal body
  • Heat/Defrost
  • AM/FM/CD player
  • DeltaQ charger
  • Hatchback

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5 Responses to “Spotting an All-Electric ZAP Xebra Microcar on the Streets of San Francisco”

  1. You’re probably right about it being the same one. I have one up in Santa Rosa and I love it.

  2. Ray Wells says:

    I have an earlier model Xebra (2006) and have driven over 11,000 miles so far at 125MPGe. They are cute and fun to drive, and I don’t work for a car company. Maybe people are scared of EVs because it’s a new technology (75 years older than gasoline cars) but they do not have transmission, muffler or tune-up issues. Plug-in and play.

  3. David Huffington says:

    We have an 06 Xebra, it really is a glorified golf cart and we wouldn’t recommend it to anybody. Very shoddy workmanship, poor design, poor speed, you name it. If you want it for driving around a retirement community great, if you expect anything more, wait for the real electric cars to come out at the end of the year.

  4. I would say that the Xebra is a different animal. You can pick them up for pretty cheap for around town driving and ZAP can even install lithium batteries that can do 50 miles on a charge, for a much lower price than any other street legal car or truck. It’s an inexpensive way to stop driving on gas, but no it doesn’t drive freeway speeds and it is not for everyone. My son was all excited today because he saw a green Xebra truck driving in Sebastopol. Sorry you don’t like your Xebra, David. What are you looking to buy next?

  5. Gilbet says:

    Hepl!!!! I have a 2006 zap car that fine one day & just stop running the next day. It’s as if the batt. are 100% dead.

    The batt. have been tested & are just fine. If you can help please call me 760 438-8891 or e-mail me at