[quote=eS GEM Colo;23458]rayhaque… I found something that looks like the Atomic and Mullen Urbee cars, both on eBay and Craigslist…
Nice find!! I have looked on eBay but I have never seen this sort of car on there. I guess my assumption is that they are only beginning to import these.
Ah yes, the Xebra! The only problem (at least for me) with a three wheeler is that they fall into a motorcycle category in Ohio. And until the laws change - I would be legally required to wear a helmet driving one. NOT even kidding!! Also, I know that if I bought one of those now I would be looking at upgrading/replacing … everything on it.
Zap World is where I initially saw the Urbee, and it looked like one of the cars that I had been looking at on made-in-china.com and alibaba.com. But I am not sure that I would buy a car from there - even if I could. I would rather leave the work of getting it through customs to the dealers.
Also - Zap does not seem to actually sell the Urbee. It is no doubt a product of Jonway, but when you contact them they refer you to a dealer (in my case that was Mullen Motors).
I had a conversation this morning with Mike Nelson of Pit-Pro. He runs a golf cart shop (sales, service, and custom work) and seems to be pretty established. They operate out of Indiana. He presently has two “Urbee’s” which in his line are called Atomic EV’s. He has a red one - and a blue one (both two-door). He quoted me a number of the phone which seemed a little high to me, but I am comparing his price to a guy who never sent a quote and stopped responding to me. So not really a fair comparison! He is having his folks draft something for me.
But the Atomic EV’s all come with AC and the trunk accessory (both of these are usually considered options from what I have seen). I am not sure if he has the ‘motor upgrade’ in these models or not.
Oh - and I learned something new about these vehicles. I saw in some old pictures on the Atomic EV Facebook page that there were some of these with the solid transparent doors (instead of the half-panel with the sliding window) and larger, but more narrow tires. They looked a LOT like the Italian Biro`. When I asked Jim @ Atomic about them, he said that those were the “generation 1” models, which didn’t come with any of the standard stuff you get now (namely, heat, AC, or even a radio).
Still, might be able to get a new generation vehicle, and put those doors and tires on it? I really liked the style!