Electric Car: ZAP announces new EV sports car based on Lotus APX

img APX US electric car manufacturer ZAP announced that it will present this week a new electric sports car based on a Lotus Engineering design.

To take on Tesla Motors Roadster high-performance electric vehicle it is using the Lotus aluminum APX concept car as the platform and promises 644 horsepower / 155mph max speed by replacing Lotus’ APX’s conventional gasoline V6 engine with in-hub electric motors. By comparison, Tesla’s Roadster that is due for delivery the end of this year has 248 horsepower and a similar max speed.

The company further says “…the advanced battery management systems is intended to enable a range of up to 350 miles between charges, with a rapid 10-minute recharging time. An auxiliary power unit is planned to support longer distance journeys

We are looking forward to see the car live and like to hear what their sales price will be.

Major battery technology manufactures just recently announced dramatic increases in efficiencies, charging cycle times and cost so the EV you can recharge for a 200 miles journey in 15 minutes might soon become a reality.

And as a senior manager from Volkswagen (VW) said when they took their conventional eco-friendly 3 liters/100km car (Lupo) off the market “…the customer might not accept an eco-friendly car without the fun of driving…”

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