ZAP is expanding the US sales of its three-wheeled, low-speed, all-electric microcar, the XEBRA. (Earlier post.) The XEBRA can seat four (maximum load 500 pounds) and has a range of up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) and a top speed of 40 mph (65 km/h). It uses a DC motor powered by a lead-acid battery pack.
The XEBRA is being shipped to more ZAP-licensed dealers and consumers. The vehicle carries a suggested retail price of less than $10,000.
ZAP will focus its marketing on government and corporate fleets, with several government, municipal and corporate fleets already evaluating the XEBRA for integration into their current gas fleet.
The company has ordered more than 500 units of the XEBRA electric microcar from China car maker Shandong Jindalu Vehicle Co. Shandong Jindalu has already delivered some 100 units, and says it has the capacity to produce 1,000 units per month.
ZAP has an exclusive 10-year distribution contract with Shandong Jindalu to market the XEBRAs through its ZAP brand network of authorized sales and service centers.
Under the strategic business relationship, ZAP has permanent offices at the factory in Dezhou to continue research and development of new vehicle models and concepts, and to assist in the manufacturing process.
Separately, Miles Automotive has begun US sales of the Qingyuan ZX40—the Happy Messenger (earlier post)—produced by TianJin QingYuan Electric Vehicle Company. The $15,000 ZX40 offers a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 40 miles. It uses a 4kW motor from First Auto Works in China, powered by a lead-acid battery pack.
Miles Automotive promises to unveil a more robust EV from China late in 2007—:the XS200. The XS200 reportedly will use Li-ion batteries, have a top speed of 80 mph and range of 200 miles, and cost $28,500.