Electric Cars To Be Built And Sold In Bullitt County

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

"Zap vehicles" have three wheels and run on batteries at about 45-miles-per hour. They have a range of about 25 miles and can easily be recharged using an extension cord at home.

However, these environmentally-friendly cars are not legal to drive on Kentucky roads just yet. Integrity Manufacturing in Shepherdsville hopes to expand operations and build the cars in Bullitt County.

Integrity officials say they may need a special legislative session to change the law to allow the vehicles on the roads.

House Speaker, Jody Richards, says, " We will talk to the Governor and Senate and try to figure out a way that's best for everyone."

If made legal for Kentucky roads, Integrity Manufacturing will offer up to one-thousand job opportunities for Kentuckians, as well as help improve the environment.

A four person Zap car costs just under 12 thousand dollars and a truck that seats two runs a little more than 12 thousand.


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  • by XebraOwner Location: US of A on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    Not stupid, wise. 18 months with Xebra now, $0.25 per day, no gas burning. Coal-fired plants have scrubbers that work better than automobile controls. Three wheels not unsafe, drivers determine safety. I did 50 miles in one day, plug in any place I can for an hour, get ten miles back. Don't buy Xebra as only vehicle, but keep the dinosaur-juice-burner parked and use the EV for the short trips. Save wear and tear on your long-distance vehicle too. Xebras register as motorcycles in the forward-thinking states, it's the safest motorcycle for four people. Sacrifice a little for the country, stop burning foreign oil!
  • by KentuckyGuy Location: Bluegrass on Jul 10, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    Sounds like a Dud instead of a Zap. If you only go 22 1/2 mph can it run for an hour?
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 10, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    It can go 25 miles between charges? Who would be stupid enuff to pay $12K for something like that? Oh, and doesn't electricity get produced at coal-fired plants in our state? That's a no-no for the Green Teamers. The vehicle have an optional charging system, it's called the Crank Swift Start. Like the old Model T's you crank the battery charger for 4 hours by hand, then you can go another 25 miles. Sounds like a real winner.
  • by joe Location: monticello on Jul 9, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    use your heads put 4 wheels on it. but keep the cost within the range of a neat golf cart. come to thimk of it, why not a golf cart?
  • by joe Location: monticello on Jul 9, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    4 wheels are safer
  • by Amelia Location: colombia on Jul 9, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    Wow! That would be wonderful!Driving electric cars would most deffiantly make going green easier and more safe for our environment!

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