Saturday, May 05, 2007

Electric Car, Electric Vehicle, ZAP, ZAP-X, Battery Technology, 100%

Venerable electric vehicle company ZAP has a new "high-performance" electric car, which they are currently accepting reservations on. I couldn't pin down an estimated price for the Zap-X, but the reservation deposit is $25k USD, so expect it to cost a bit more than a Geo. The car is being produced in parternship with Lotus, and is complete with all sorts of technological innovations and goodies, including:

  • all wheel drive, from four hub motors with regenerative braking
  • 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with top speed of 155 mph
  • 350 miles per charge; about 1 cent per mile; rapid 10 minute re-charge
  • Photovoltaic glass:thermoelectric, for heating and cooling, energy collecting windows and windshields to harness solar energy
  • On Board Carputer with Windows XP, Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth, High definition video, iPod ready, Fire wire, USB2 and Mini USB ports

Pretty heady stuff...

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