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Items of Historical Interest in the Development and Commercialization of EVs
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There are two cars that people think of when the hear of the Zebra, one is a re-badged version of the Tropica, the other is the updated model. Long-running hype for the new car say it is expected to sell for under US$20,000 with a convertible top, the same lines as the Tropica, and far more creature comforts.
Built in France in 1905 and 1906, the Zeddeco used two Lohner electric motors to drive the front wheels separately in a manner similar to the Lohner-Porsche vehicles of the period.
The Zzipper was developed by Sebring Auto-Cycle, a firm founded
by Jim Tervort on the ashes of Commuter Vehicles. Originally named
the Triton, this vehicle was developed in the late 1980s. It was a
2-seater, 3-wheeler (single driven rear wheel), designed to be
towed behind an RV. It had an integral hitch on the rear. The rear
wheel retracted on a hydraulic cylinder for towing with front
wheels on the ground. The vehicle used a 72 volt traction system
with a Curtis controller, and a 12 hp GE series DC motor. A
two-speed transmission was optional. Top speed about 55 mph; range
about 35 miles. ABS vacuum-formed plastic was used for the body
like the CitiCars and Comuta-Cars. (The following four items come
courtesy of David Roden.)
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