ZAP Releases Drawings of ZAP-X Electric Crossover
19 March 2007
|The ZAP-X. Click to enlarge.|
ZAP has published concept drawings of its proposed ZAP-X Crossover SUV on its website. Lotus Engineering is developing the ZAP-X for ZAP, and is basing it on the Lotus aluminum APX concept. (Earlier post.)
The compact-SUV design will feature all-wheel drive with in-hub electric motors delivering a combined 644 hp (480 kW) and a top speed of 155 mph. By combining a lightweight aluminum chassis, a new efficient drive system and advanced battery management system, the goal for the ZAP-X is to be able to achieve a 350-mile range, with a rapid 10-minute recharging time.
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The car reportedly will use a lithium-ion battery pack for primary energy storage, with supercapacitors to support acceleration. The ZAP-X will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
The ZAP-X will also feature photovoltaic glass, and thermoelectrics for heating and cooling.
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