ZAP, Lotus Team Up for Electrics

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ZAP, Lotus Team Up for Electrics

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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