Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Growth perception of the EV industry: ZAP

This article on the Wall Street Jornal always puffs my expectation. It enfises on how low-speed electric vehicles frenzy is catching on (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121746229279198963.html?mod=googlenews_wsj), and how orders at ZAP, the California maker of small electric cars, have exploded to about 50 a day.

The cars aren't for long-distance travel. The Xebra on the picture from 2008 could average about 25 miles on one charge, which is technically a motorcycle and goes up to 40 mph. But by now there is an extended list of vehicles from this same company that double and triples the range with most of their new products such as ZAPTruckZAPVAN, both with a predicted range of 40miles per charge and much more room and utility.  and

The other innovative update making the headlines is the sports vehicle defined as Alias, which comes in a new 3-wheeled style already impressing the elites on advanced automotive vehicle elite circles thanks to the amazing performance at the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, where it scored 121.8MPGe, details are all around the X Prize on this roadster capabilities.

The victorious partnership with Jonway Automobile is already forecast for a solid groundbreaking platform with the Powertrain conversions of the first and second generations of the A380, added to their portfolio as an 100% electricSUV, which opens a interesting new window to cover consumers preferences.

Pike Research seems to predict a demand for Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, forecasting that by 2015, a total of 1.7 million PHEVs will be on the road worldwide. The United States leading the pack, followed closely by China.

That is why ZAP's signed agreement with Shanghai Government for the Green City Project will bring a solid platform to provide not only the EV charging infrastructure, battery swap-out stations and maintenance support centers but also the culture and usage of electric vehicles for its public transportation in Yanpu, home to 1.24 million of people.

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