ZAP has acquired an ownership interest in a motor company to develop and manufacture and market a new line of wheel motors for application in a range of vehicles from an electric bike or scooter to an electric car.
Under the agreement, ZAP is collaborating and investing in the development of the line of wheel motors. ZAP and its partner have also agreed to work together on the optimum process for manufacturing all motors and controllers. ZAP has been granted exclusive rights to the wheel motors under the agreement for international distribution.
ZAP says that it and its partner expect to increase the power, performance and efficiency of wheel motors through the use of a proprietary, brushless, multi-pole wheel-motor technology. ZAP is developing a 7kW wheel motor for larger vehicle applications.
ZAP was one of the first electric vehicle companies to market wheel motor-powered vehicles with its ZAPPY3 electric scooter, which uses a 350W motor. Last year, ZAP introduced the Zapino scooter with its 3kW wheel motor, which ZAP says is one of the most powerful systems available on the market today.