ZAP, Lotus Team Up for Electrics

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ZAP partners with Lotus, and moves over to the fast lane

2006 Lotus APX
ZAP partners with Lotus, and moves over to the fast lane
by Bengt Halvorson (2007-01-30)
Santa Rosa, California-based ZAP has confirmed that the firm is using Lotus's APX (Aluminum Performance Crossover) platform, from the 2006 Geneva show, and its body structure, for developing a high-performance flagship model called the ZAP-X. Lotus Engineering will also provide development assistance for the vehicle, which could go on sale in calendar year 2008.

Instead of the gasoline V-6 in the original APX, the ZAP-X will have wheel-hub electric motors, providing all-wheel drive, to deliver up to 644 horsepower. The X, according to ZAP, would have a theoretical top speed of 155 miles per hour. An advanced battery management system will enable a range of up to 350 miles, with charges as short as ten minutes.

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