California Air Resources Board Gives Approval for WorldCar

September 27, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

The California Air Resources Board (CARB, Sacramento, CA) has given approval for the all-electric WorldCar vehicle to be sold and licensed in California. The vehicle is the first of its kind to be assembled and imported from China, according to ZAP, the company marketing the WorldCar.

The CARB certification classifies the WorldCAr as a zero-emission vehicle, granting consumers incentives that include special parking decals, and a 10% federal tax credit. The parking decals allow drivers to park and refuel in designated spots as well as have preferential spaces at airports, shopping malls and mass-transit hubs. Public agencies can also receive purchase grants.

The plug and drive model goes 50 miles on a charge, with a top speed is 25 mph. The base models are priced under $10,000 and include features such as power windows and door locks, CD players, air-conditioning, tilt steering wheels and alloy wheels.