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LONGMONT — The Blizzard of 2006 slowed down Kay Evatz for only a couple of days.
Once snow on the streets of Longmont was packed down or plowed, Evatz and her lipstick pink ZAP Xebra, a tiny, three-wheeled electric car, were off to the races again.
“It’s doing fine,” she said. “It doesn’t mind being out on the streets as long as they’re packed down. When (the snow) was over its wheels, it didn’t go anywhere.”
The snowstorm brought 27 inches of powder to Evatz’s driveway in north Longmont, reaching the door handles on her Xebra, which is 4 feet wide, and can travel up to 40 mph and 40 miles on an electric charge.
It takes between six and eight hours to charge up the car, she said. She plugs the car into a regular outlet at her house once a week.
Evatz purchased the car in August because she thought it would be better for the environment than her gas-powered car.
Although she can’t drive “Shebra” to work — she commutes to her job as a media specialist at an elementary school in the Adams 12 School District — she drives the car for all of her in-town errands.
She estimates her weekly gasoline bill has been cut in half, down from $40 a week to $20 a week. She also hasn’t noticed a jump in her electricity bill.
“I (charge) it all at nighttime when supposedly there is an excess of electricity,” Evatz said.
The little pink car attracts attention wherever it goes.
“It is a multicultural car,” she said. “People who might never stop and talk to me just love it and stop to talk. Teenagers who are really hip, wearing lowriders, stop and talk to me. It is a great way to cross the age barrier.”