Zagato Zele

Zagato Zele -

The Zagato Zele 1000, 1500, 2000 (sold in the United States as the Elcar) was an electric microcar with a fiberglass body manufactured by the Italian design company Zagato. Produced 1974-1976, the Zele was an unusual departure from Zagato's infamous designs, which had long been known for their beauty and performance. The Zele, however, was high, square cornered and slow. They were produced in 7 colors and the chassis and suspension were derived from the Fiat 500 and Fiat 124. The 1000, 1500, and 2000 stands for the wattage of the motors respectively. Approximately 500 were made.

Unlike many electric cars, the Zele employed a semi-automatic transmission providing six forward speeds, two reverse speeds and a range of approximately 50 miles (80 km).

The Zele 2000 also featured a boost switch which, once at top speed, weakens the car's magnetic fields in the coils to produce more torque and a greater top speed. The American importer for the vehicle, Elcar Corporation, also created an elongated four-seat prototype called the Elcar Wagonette.