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ZAP XEBRA Electric Truck Achieves 100-Mile Range with Li-Ion Batteries

26 July 2007

ZAP’s all-electric XEBRA city-truck traveled more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) on a single charge at a Danish laboratory using a lithium-ion battery system.

The standard lead-acid battery-powered XEBRA has a single-charge range of 25 miles (40 km).

ZAP has two XEBRAs in Denmark undergoing refinement with new lithium batteries and an advanced battery management system developed by Danish technology firm Lithium Balance. In January, ZAP signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the battery management system.

Earlier this week, ZAP agreed to purchase $5.168 million of lithium polymer batteries from Advanced Battery Technologies for use in the XEBRA as well as other ZAP vehicles and battery systems. (Earlier post.)

ZAP recently announced that it had delivered more than 500 of its XEBRA sedans and trucks, which are available through its network of authorized dealers and service centers.

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Does anyone know how much extra the Lithium batteries are going to cost. I did a quick look at the web site but did not find anything about a battery upgrade.

Its a good job that they are testing during the Danish summer ,
I doubt that they would get much joy from the lithium powerpack
in the depths of winter!

The manufacturers of my LiFePO4 batteries claim that there is no loss in performance to -45. I can't verify that (and I'm a tiny bit suspicious).

What kind of small electric trucks are out there. I saw one with a bed about 6" from the road but cannot find info on it. Can you help?
SLJ

Interesting post. Personally, I'm pretty skeptical about the idea of moving to hydrogen. We're talking about a MASSIVE new infrastructure. What would be the cost, both economic and energy, from mounting solar cells on every house in sunny areas that uses a car? Why not simply just use electric? Electric solar cells have efficencies on par with what is quoted in the article, and you can use that electricity for you car or your refrigerator, or sell it back to the grid. Why introduce another layer of...

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