This post would be best on the EU threads, but I figured I'd start here.
I too have paid my $99, but there are also some questions too.
1: There are more than 20,000 pre orders and the plane was to only ship 16,000 to the US.
2: Dealers adding extra charges (if they can they will, I would).
3: Closest dealer is 55 miles away.
4: I may have to wait a year + to get one ( I don't see them shipping all 16,000 in the first quarter).
5: Untested model.
But as I found out over the weekend I have a Zap dealer 20 miles from my house and they have 2 2006 conversions in stock. Of course the price is high but do the following factors justify the extra expense.
1: Dealer 20 miles form my house (who has been with Zap for the last 3 years and has a certified service tech it in house)
2: Proven model with years of history.
3: Parts and on-line support all ready established (granted parts would come from Canada or the EU (at a higher cost))
4: Proven to get 50-55 MPG
5: Could buy it TODAY
This kept me awake last night going BACK AND FORTH. My plan for this car is to back and forth to work (17 miles in each direction), I looked at pure electric and to do 10 mile highway and 7 mile city in a COLD New England state during the winter on 1 charge would cost more than the Zap version.
I looked at the Toyota Pr. and if you look at the Google data ( their Plugin project) the non Plugin only get 39 MPG and to go Plugin is about $10,000 more and you lose your warranty and bringing the cost to well over 30K.
So WHAT would you DO, wait or spend the extra money for a 2006 version OOHH and I have driven both, I really don