California’s electric-car company ZAP issued this sketch of the ZAP-X crossover vehicle it says it will build with help from Lotus Engineering.
The new crossover concept ZAP-X, if it makes it to production, would be a quantum leap over ZAP’s existing XEBRA electric vehicle. The new crossover, the company says, will offer all-wheel drive through its four in-hub electric motors. Those motors would produce 644 horsepower and would be outfitted to an aluminum chassis and augmented by what ZAP calls an “advanced battery management system.” With this hardware, ZAP promises a 155-mph top speed, a 350-mile range and a ten-minute rapid recharging time.
“We believe that the ZAP-X will become the most advanced, most practical and most appealing flagship electric vehicle to date and will revolutionize the industry providing the driver with the enjoyment of a sports car and the practicality of an SUV," ZAP CEO Steve Schneider said in a release.
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