Electric Car Maker Adds Solar Panel to Truck Design

Santa Rosa, California [] After a positive response for its XEBRA XERO, electric car pioneer ZAP has designed a solar option for its truck design, a photovoltaic panel that ZAP says can offer short-distance driving on sunlight alone. ZAP calls the design a ‘city-car,’ available as a 4-door sedan or 2-passenger truck, good for city-speed driving up to 40 MPH. The ZAP Truck will cost about $12,000. The car recharges normally by plugging into a standard 110-volt outlet for a full charge in up to six hours and a 50 percent charge in 1.5 hours. It converts into a flatbed or dump-bed that can tilt to allow maximum exposure to the sun.