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Some EV History - Page Z

Last updated 2003.01.10

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Items of Historical Interest in the Development and Commercialization of EVs

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Nuova Zele

Zele Van

Zele 1000

Zele 2000


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.)
Newspaper clipping about Triton (later Zzipper) (B&W - 275k)
Diagram of Zzipper in tow (B&W - 118k)
Triton information pamphlet & specs (B&W - 215k)
Triton photos (colour - 140k)

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