A new factory in the Shandong Province of China has rolled out the first of its ZAP Xebra sedans and pickups.
ZAP formed a joint venture with Shandong Jindalu Vehicle Company Ltd.—the manufacturer of the XEBRA electric micro-car which ZAP imports—in 2006. The joint venture involves the design and manufacture of a new generation of low-cost advanced transportation vehicles that run efficiently on gas, electricity, ethanol and other unspecified advanced technologies and fuels. (Earlier post.)
The new factory has the capacity to produce up to 4,000 vehicles per month, according to officials from ZAP and Shandong Jindalu Vehicle Company, Ltd. The previous facility had the manufacturing capacity to produce up to 1,000 vehicles a month.
ZAP has done what practically all the critics say is impossible. Electric cars and trucks are rolling off an assembly line and customers around the world are sending in orders faster than we can deliver.—ZAP CEO Steve Schneider
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 post.)