Today’s featured Oak Cliff Earth Day vendor: Blitz Moped

Most vehicles Tony Diaz sells at Blitz drive for 12,000 miles (almost a year’s worth of driving) for under $1,000.

It’s one of the many benefits of driving electric powered vehicles, he says. With fewer moving parts like pistons and gaskets, electric vehicles are not only cheap to refuel, but maintenance is surprisingly minimal. Also, with few moving parts and no combustible engine, 100 percent of a vehicle’s torque is instantly available (most electric vehicles top out around 50 mph, but hey, at least you’re getting there fast).

More on Blitz, after the jump:

Diaz, who co-owns the business with Josh Wagner, says typical customers are "people who are looking for affordable, reliable, yet Earth-friendly neighborhood transportation." The six-week-old business is right at home in Deep Ellum, which is striving to be the greenest neighborhood in Dallas. More than just a place to buy electric mopeds and scooters, Blitz also offers advice and some repair service to owners of other electric vehicles, and is a battery recycling center.

The two-man business started out as a website last October. Opening a storefront seemed to be the right move, so potential buyers could see the vehicles for themselves. They weren’t scared off by the bad economy. "There’s no time like the present for a business like ours," he said.

Blitz will have an information and demonstration table set up at the Oak Cliff Earth Day celebration this Sunday, April 19.

By |2009-04-15T12:01:00-05:00April 15th, 2009|Business, News|3 Comments

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  1. Tony Diaz April 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    The point I was making is that one can drive about 12,000 mile for around $100 of electricity. This is the cost of the electricity used to recharge the batteries so you can drive 12,000 mile using an $0.18 per kilowatt hour rate. Most people today are paying around $0.14 so you can actually get more than 12,000 miles for ONLY $100!!

  2. Keri Mitchell April 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Thanks for the catch, Eric. The post is now updated.

  3. ericthegardener April 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Did you mean to say under $1000 instead of under $100? Their website doesn’t list any electric mopeds under $100.

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