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Electric Vehicles: LAT Overlooks Little Radio

When I noticed a link to a story titled “Electric vehicles generate buzz,” on the Times‘ front page, I fully expected to read about Little Radio’s new EV shop.

In the Times article, John O’Dell boasts about a couple super-sporty (and priced between $60,000 and $120,000 electric cars coming to market and made in California. You’d think he went for a test ride and never brought the car back.

The cars sold by Little Radio are neither made in America, nor are they especially fast. However, they can be yours for under $10,000. They may not go half as fast as O’Dell’s dream Tesla Roadster, but they’re ideal for city driving. So, was it an editorial decision to only mention up-and-coming, hi-priced, sporty electric vehicles, or is the Times not yet aware that you can buy inexpensive, highly practical EV’s in town today?

From Little Radio:

In pursuit of social and environmental responsibility, Little Radio has inked an agreement for the exclusive dealership rights to sell the only new and 100% electric cars available here, in Los Angeles.

Little Radio EV will be the sole retailer in Los Angeles for all ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) cars and other vehicles distributed through Voltage Vehicles. Little Radio EV looks to deliver the newest in electric vehicles and technology from manufacturers in the US and around the world.

UPDATE: CNET has more on Tesla’s nationwide grovel for state funds.

photo by Dave Bullock via flickr

By Andy Sternberg

Andy Sternberg is a digital strategist and marketing specialist with a focus on enhancing interactive and user experience through content and social media. He's been tweaking content and music-related websites since the '90s and has a Master's in Online Journalism. He's currently the head of Social & Digital Media at Rotary International. Find him on Twitter @andysternberg.

2 replies on “Electric Vehicles: LAT Overlooks Little Radio”

[…] Electric Cars in LA: Don’t Overlook ZAP! The Times had an article on Electric Cars. All well and good, but the article focused on high-priced roadsters and didn’t, according to the fresh NetZoo blog, mention that Little Radio will be selling the ZAP car, which is electric, perfect for riding around town, starts under $10k and looks… kinda like a shiny rickshaw. The one thing I don’t get about electric cars is why they don’t try to make them look cooler– industrial, simple, bad-ass. Instead most of them look like Fiat Puntos redesigned by a Japanese Manga artist on a strict budget. As soon as they design one that looks like a Volkswagon Thing, or an early Jeep, I’m in. […]

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