• Dec 8th 2009 at 7:01PM
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2010 Tazzari Zero - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been just over a year since the first renders of the Tazzari Zero were released and, right on schedule, the electric Italian sports-city car has made its world debut at the Bologna Motor Show. As befitting a car conceived and designed near Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the premiere was made in spectacular fashion on a rain-soaked and twisty half-mile track located on the fairgrounds. Five professional drivers took their places in five separate Zeros, tapped the "race mode" button, and proceeded to relentlessly attack the circuit. They looked, how do you say, bellissima!

The timeliness of the launch means they are also on track to make it stateside in the the early part of 2010. With North American distribution being handled by Verdek-EV, the price is now officially set at $29,900 (they say it's eligible for $6,336 tax credit) before any applicable federal or state tax credits. Although that's a bit steep for a car which, at least for now, is limited to 25 mph in many states (it's capable of 56 mph), we are talking an aluminum chassis, lithium ion batteries good for 88 miles and an AC motor which gives quick acceleration and allows for regenerative braking. In other words, quality. Check out the gallery below for a better look and you can also find a bit of bonus video of the cars on the show floor after the break.

[Source: Verdek-EV]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Limited to 25mph?! I smell an old-iron ICE car maker who wants to have protection from the competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a piece of crap, sorry I am an EV nut but will continue to compare all entries to the Tesla Model S which to me is a standard barer of what EVs should be. Who in their right mind will pay this much for this car when you can have a much better car for somewhat more.

      Why didn't they make it a four seater, why didn't they give it a 130kph top speed?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, sometimes I wonder if all these useless NEV things are actually sponsored by Big Oil. Tesla has shown that a real car can be a BEV, why is everyone else diddling around with 30 year old ideas?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tazzari spec sheet mentions nothing about NEV so that's probably just the american dealer taking the easy way. which likely wont work well.
      it can't be that hard to be allowed as a normal car in usa and then it's far more interesting. it only weighs half a ton and is reasonably peppy. 30k$ is on the expensive side but could come down
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how it has ZZ on it. Many ever favourite rock band ZZtop had 'ZZ' car keys on their videos. Mind you the car was a bit bigger and flashier. So I guess co branding with ZZTOP is out.

      But the car IS cool. Pricey but cool. Big threat to the Smart, FIAT 500 as a city solution if can shave a bit off the price. Perfect city car of the future.

      I might buy it simply for the 'ZZ'.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Not that I would ever pay almost $30k for a car that I can only go 25mph in, but I do like the "cartoon car" styling. I kind of expect to see John Arbuckle and Garfield in some of the pictures. It's kind of endearing that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing I really don't get about this is why, if it's capable of highway speeds, they are limiting it to being an NEV.
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