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'Green' vehicles

August 8, 2008 10:36:43 AM PDT
With high gas prices on everyone's mind, you may be looking for a more energy-efficient way to get around. Riding a bicycle is one way, but if pedal power doesn't appeal to you, there are other electric and gasoline powered alternatives. One of these might work for drivers interested in going green:

Zap Xebra Sedan

Powered By: Electric battery and Solar Power; can be charged at any electrical outlet

Mileage: 25 miles on regular charge and up to 40 miles on extended battery

Top speed: 40 mph

Price: $11,700.00 plus shipping, taxes & license plates

Options: Leather seats, fast charger solar charger, extended range battery

Where to buy: Jessup Automotive Services: 1118 E. 31 Street, La Grange Park, IL 60526; 708.352-8800

Web site: http://www.jessupsauto.com/home.asp or www.zapworld.com

License: Valid state driver's license required

Street use: May be driven on streets

Zappy 3 Pro Electric Scooter

Powered By: Electric Battery

Mileage: Up to 24 miles on one charge

Top speed: 13 mph

Price: $900

Options: basket, headlight, horn

Where to buy: Jessup Automotive Services: 1118 E. 31 Street, La Grange Park, IL 60526; 708.352-8800

Web site: http://www.zapworld.com/electric-vehicles/electric-scooters/zappy-3-pro or http://www.jessupsauto.com/home.asp

License: none required; no age restrictions

Street use: Not allowed on streets; sidewalks only

E300S Electric Razor Scooter

Powered by: Electric Battery

Mileage: 12 hours on one battery charge

Top speed: 15 mph

Price: $269.99

Option: removable seat

Where to buy: Toys-R-Us, K-Mart, Sears

Web site: http://www.razor.com/products/e300-electric-scooter.php

License: Valid state driver's license required for ages 16 and over

Street use: May be driven on streets by drivers over 16 years old, with valid state driver's license and liability insurance. Vehicle must be registered with the Illinois Secretary of State. Not permitted on sidewalks. Recommended for ages 12 and over if operated on private property

Segway i2 Commuter

Powered by: Electric Battery

Mileage: Up to 24 miles on one charge

Top speed: 12.5 mph

Price: $5350

Options: Handlebar bag, lock kit, comfort mats, removable lean-steer frame for easy storage

Where to buy: Segway of Chicago: 515 LaGrange Road, La Grange, IL 60525; 708.352-1685

Web site: http://www.segwaychicago.com/ or www.segway.com.

License: None required

Street use: Not permitted on streets. Sidewalk only, classified as "electric pedestrian" in Illinois (same category as electric wheelchair)

Vespa S (LX 50)

Powered by: Gasoline

Mileage: 106 miles per gallon

Top speed: 45 mph

Price: $3299

Option: Windshield

Where to buy: Motoworks Chicago 1901 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608; 312.738-4269

Web site: www.motoworkschicago.com or www.vespausa.com

License: Valid state driver's license required

Street use: May be driven on streets


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