Electric vehicle manufacturer and distributor ZAP of Santa Rosa, California, has announced the development of the new ZAP-X Crossover in conjunction with Lotus Engineering. The company claims the design will incorporate "distinct technological advancements" that will result in one of the most advanced electric cars ever developed.
ZAP and Lotus are utilizing the APX lightweight aluminum architecture design to achieve the desired combination of performance and utility for the vehicle.
But lest you think this is yet another glorified golf cart, the specs are enough to make any enthusiast salivate. The company is targeting a combined 644 horsepower from four motor-in-hub electric motors, which will also provide all-wheel-drive. Target top speed is 155 miles per hour, and a brisk 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds.
An advanced battery system will enable the car to travel a range up to 350 miles between charges, with a rapid charge technology that can recharge the batteries in as little as 10 minutes.
Our Take: If this is what the future of electric vehicles looks like, bring it on! The only downside is that it will be a whole new paradigm for vehicle customization and accessorization. Will chrome 22s bolt right on? Maybe, maybe not. But with every major leap in technology, like fuel injection, the catalytic converter, even the early days of the LS-1, there were cries of "impossible to tune." It's just a matter of time 'til there are electric hot-rodders & customizers.