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EcoMotion Opens Its First All-Electric Car Dealership

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area like I do you are well aware this city is on the we choice levitra in canada forefront of positive environmental practices and cialis prescription order sustainability. It would make sense therefore that Ecomotion, an all-electric car dealership, just threw open the doors to its first dealership in this lovely city.

At the moment Ecomotion sells primarily all-electric ZAP vehicles. One typical ZAP model is the XEBRA. Described by ZAP as "gas-free transportation for busy, urban drivers." The XEBRA is priced somewhere around $10,000. It comes in a four-seat sedan or two-seat utility truck, plugs into an electrical outlet to levitra 100 get is power and can do city driving at up to 40 MPH.

ZAP says Ecomotion has already sold several of its vehicles and that Oregon is levitra next day delivery one of the top electric car markets in the US. We've covered ZAP vehicles before and find them to be an EcoGeek favorite. It will be interesting to see what kind of generico cialis adoption rate of EVs there will be in this city already known for rabid Prius owners.

And if you're not in Portland, a list of non-ecomotion electric car dealerships accross the country can be found here.

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written by Robin, September 13, 2007
I've been to EcoMotion, and I can also attest that the owner is super friendly and nice about letting you test drive the vehicles.

(I had a lot of fun zipping around on viagra online switzerland the little scooters!)
written by Christie, September 13, 2007
I don't consider electric cars to be particularly environmentally friendly since most electricity still comes from coal. I'm a big fan of EcoGeek and I don't really see how this fits in with the only now levitra levitra principle of sustainability.
EVs and Carbon
written by Hank, September 13, 2007
Hey Christie.
A lot of research has been done in this area, and it turns out that charging electric cars with power from coal power plants is still much more efficient (produces less carbon) than moving them around with gasoline.

The reason is that instead of having millions of tiny inefficient power plants all with their own exhaust pipe (like we currently do) electric cars basically just have one big power plant that can be optimized for efficiency. And it's exhaust pipe (smoke stack) is much easier to manage control and regulate than cars.

Also, as we increase our use of renewables, electric cars are the only cars that actually get greener over time.'s not's just greener...but so far, that's what we have to settle for.
written by Dave Smith, September 13, 2007
Good answer Hank, but don't forget regenerative breaking!
Off-Peak Electricity Also Makes EVs Clea
written by Alex Campbell, September 15, 2007
Another reason EVs are less polluting... When you charge your electric vehicle at night, there is no additional pollution created. Studies from EPRI (Electric Power Research Inst) show that millions of EVs could be recharged using surplus nighttime electricity without any additional pollution. ZAP has a "Xero" option where you can put a solar panel on the vehicle for a trickle charge of sunlight which is another way to make it greener.
40 MPH
written by Alana, September 15, 2007
I would love to see this spread, but 40 MPH doesn't cut it in a lot of places. Ohhh, sweet time.
Excellent timing...
written by geekpdx, September 17, 2007
I live in Portland and I've been considering my options for trading in my Honda Element. I was hoping to get an inexpensive commuter car for daily use and a truck (for towing, hauling, camping and fishing). One of these cars might be in my price range...

Of course, I still have questions. My daily commute takes about 15 minutes via I-5 (big freeway). The distance jumps from 10 miles to 24 miles if I avoid the freeway. Am I still doing something good with an electric car that can't travel on the freeway?

Also, I don't like being one of those people who commute in their SUV - but now things are even more conflicted. My Honda Element gets much better gas mileage than my previous compact car, and it's emissions are lower. Additionally, I actually do need the room, towing and all-wheel-drive somewhat regularly.

So, is it worthwhile to switch from a decently efficient SUV to an older truck (hopefully diesel, which would allow me to use biodiesel) and a small electric car that costs me more time to generic cialis online commute in and increases the mileage that I drive? What if the commuter car isn't electric, but rather an inexpensive Toyota or Honda gas-powered car?
They also sell......
written by Stephanie, September 18, 2007
They also sell NMGs which ARE hwy legal. And they have a lot of smartway cars that are used. Most of them are one previous owner vehicles.
I traded a Honda Civic ULEV for a Xebra
written by Alain, January 08, 2008
I am a Portland resident and traded in my ultra low emissions vehicle (Honda Civic) for a Zap Xebra. My family and I are enjoying the vehicle --- it is doing everything we hoped it would do so far, however, I would caution that it doesn't do everything people would have you believe. "40 mph and brand viagra for sale 40 mile range" is the often quoted mantra but that isn't really accurate. 30mpgh and 12-15 mile range in the winter cold and 15-25 in the summer is more realistic.
I can recommend the buy ultram online car --- as long as people are realistic about what it can and what it cannot do.
I would be happy to engage in direct conversation with anyone considering a Zap Xebra purchase and share my experiences.
EV in Seattle
written by Jesse, June 08, 2008
I'm holding out for the Aptera. I have to take the freeway 80ish miles a day, have varying shifts and locations, and sometimes have to transport a tools, so public transport and short range EV don't cut it. Hopefully Aptera will release their 300 mpg plug in hybrid in Washington State soon. If not, perhaps I'll team up with my fellow students in the electrical apprenticeship and start a EV conversion club geared toward creating EV cars with a bit more range than what seems to be standard. I think out here in the Seattle Metro area, getting a 90 mile range in worst case rather than optimum conditions is the magic number. We need EV cars that will make it from the suburbs to downtown Seattle in heavy stop and go traffic.

That's my 2 cents on EV from my neighborhood.

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