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The ZAP XEBRA is the
offspring of more than three
Decades of thought and

This car was created as a

breed by itself.

Because the use and

purpose of electric vehicles is
different than gas cars, the
wheel did indeed need to be
Riding a Xebra
Prepare yourself for a whole
new driving experience.

XEBRAS do not attempt to

behave like other vehicles.
They are unique.

They are quiet, yet agile.

Imagine a world filled with
silent XEBRAS instead of
noisy internal combustion
It’s Electric!
Even after counting emissions
from electric generating plants
XEBRAS produce 90% fewer
pollutants than gas cars.

Laugh at high oil prices, in

fact, forget about gas stations,
oil spills, and fumes- forever! A
XEBRA’s appetite is meager.
And you can recharge it at any
electrical outlet.
Xebra Vitals
• Length: 10’ 9”
• Width: 4’ 6”
• Height: 5’ 1”
• Charger: 110v on board
• Payload: 300 lbs.

* Classification:
Zero Emission Vehicle

* Options/Accessories:
Leather Seats,
Solar Charger
Extended Range Battery
Fleet Features
The only All-Electric street
approved truck in the U.S.
Dump truck and flatbed
Approx. 3 cents per mile
Speeds Up to 40 MPH
Range Up to 25/40 Miles
Only City-Class Truck in
Right & Left Side Steering
Options Available
Two Seater
Significantly LESS cost than
the equivalent Gas driven models!
Quick Guide
to Xebra Driving
The Xebra ZAPTRUCK is technically a motorcycle and should be
driven in a similar manner to a motorcycle. This means gradual
turns and no sudden, sharp turns. Check with your local DMV laws
to ensure compliance with license requirements.
To Drive: 7. Release parking brake located on the right of driver’s
1. Make sure the batteries have sufficient charge. A voltage seat.
reading of 79 or higher is fully charged. 8. Turn direction knob to F for forward, or to R for reverse
2. Fasten seat belt(s) and adjust mirrors. and press red reverse button. If going in reverse, you will
3. Place direction knob to N for neutral. hear the reverse beeper.
4. Check that the MASTER OFF BUTTON under the 9. 9. Remove foot from brake and place foot on accelerator
driver’s seat is pulled out. SLOWLY.
5. DEPRESS THE BRAKE PEDAL. This is important if you 10. 10. Drive carefully with gentle turns of the steering
are on a slope. As the car has no engine or gears, it will wheel.
roll easily in the direction of the slope when the motor is 11. 11. Anticipate stops, your Xebra does NOT have power
not turning. brakes.
6. Place key in ignition and turn clockwise one (72V The most common reason the Xebra won’t drive is the
ignition) or two clicks (12V ignition). You will most likely MASTER OFF BUTTON is pushed in. The second
hear nothing! It's electric so there's no idling (you may reason is the parking brake is engaged. Also make sure
hear the cooling fan). The voltage gauge will go up. the charging cord is disconnected
Instrument Panel
There are two main components of the instrument panel, the
speedometer and the voltage meter.

The inner dial of the speedometer indicates speed in MILES

per hour, the outer in KILOMETERS per hour. Also on the
speedometer, you will find the overall odometer and the trip
odometer as well as blinker indicators, high beam indicator and
2 1 reverse indicator.

The trip odometer is re-settable using the small red button

between the dials. We recommend you use it to keep track of
4 the distance driven since the last charge to determine your
3 battery capacity or consumption.

The voltage meter will fluctuate as you accelerate. This is no

5 cause for concern. As your speed levels out, so will the needle.
A voltage drop normally occurs with acceleration or when
climbing a hill. Temperature and environmental factors may
influence the accuracy of the voltage meter. NOTE: Pin-point
1. Speedometer accuracy is not achieved with this voltage meter. It is a relative
2. Voltage meter measurement to aid you while driving. Periodically check your
3. Odometer/ Trip odometer battery voltage with a digital meter.
4. Trip odometer reset button
8 7 5. Hazard lights flasher button
6. Hand brake engage light Also on the voltage meter are red indicator lights for high motor
6 7. Low Battery indicator temperature, low battery voltage and hand brake engaged. The
8. High motor temperature light brake light will also illuminate if the master brake cylinder
needs attention or if the brake fluid is low.
Starting your Xebra
Put the key into the ignition and turn it clockwise one or two clicks.
Unlike a traditional engine, you will NOT hear a loud noise or
revving. You may hear the sound of the motor cooling fan. The
cooling fan is operated by a temperature sensor on the motor. If
the motor gets hot (60 degrees C), the cooling fan turns on. If you
open the window, the sound will be louder.

After turning the key, flip the 12V power switch to on. As you select
forward or reverse on the console, you will hear clicks as relays
are activated.

Some vehicles will have a 72V ignition. This allows you to drive
even if the 12V battery is completely dead or missing. Also, the
ignition will be on with just one click. With a 72V ignition, you may
still need to turn the 12V cut-off switch on and off.

Master OFF Button

Under the driver’s seat is a large red button. It is operated by
pushing in for off and pulling out for on. This button disables the
entire 72 volt electrical system. You may want to push it in if: you
plan on leaving the car idle for many days; for safety during
repairs; in the event the car is damaged in an accident, etc. This
button must be pulled out for normal operation AND for charging.
Xebra Batteries
The most important component of the Xebra that you can
control is the batteries. If the batteries are not maintained
properly, the ZAP battery warranty may not be valid. The
procedure to follow in order to optimize the batteries’
performance and life are:

• Conditioning The Batteries

• Properly Charging The Batteries

• Charging The 12V Battery

• Responsible Charging Practices

• Checking Battery Voltage

• Driving Tips for Extending Range

• & Recycling The Batteries

The Xebra ZAPTRUCK at work!
City of Richmond, CA
The Xebra ZAPTRUCK at work!
Cargo Labor
The Xebra ZAPTRUCK at work!
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Safety While Driving
There are four seat belts installed in your Xebra. It
is both unsafe and illegal to place more than one
person in a single seat belt. It is very important to
wear them at all times, even for a drive down the

Driving Conditions block. Follow seatbelt laws as with any other

vehicle. Note that the rear seats do not have lap
Wet or oily surfaces, loose gravel or sand and tire
and brake conditions will affect your braking. Do Do not carry more than 4 people, or more than 300
your best to be aware of changing road conditions lbs. Do not place one seatbelt over two children.
and adjust your speed and braking distance. If you
are in an emergency braking situation, you may These recommendations are for your safety while
also pull up on the parking brake to help stop you. operating the Xebra. The Xebra is technically a
three wheel motorcycle that encloses the
Do not operate your Xebra on extremely steep passengers. This vehicle does not have airbags or
inclines. The suspension and braking is not supplemental restraint systems. Because of the size
engineered to handle these angles. Steep hills can and weight of the vehicle, it does not have crumple
be dangerous and potentially unsafe, so be mindful zones or inner-body support like other vehicles. The
of the Xebra's capabilities. best safety measure is to operate your Xebra
carefully, following the guidelines in this manual.
The Xebra is not equipped with anti-lock brakes or
traction control. Operate at a safe distance from The Xebra is NOT intended for highway or freeway
other vehicles and pedestrians. This is a very light travel or roads where the speed limit is 45 mph or
and maneuverable car, but like any vehicle, it must greater. Higher speeds will rapidly deplete your
be operated within its limits. batteries. Secondly, if an accident occurs at high
speed, the vehicle will be unsafe.
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