While the marketing department could have worked harder on branding, the ZAP-X electric car has features that more than make up for the cheesy name. ZAP, a California electric car company, is expected deliver the ZAP-X with up to 644 horsepower and an all-wheel drive option using one electric motor per wheel. The ZAP-X will have a top speed of 155 miles per hour and a range of 350 miles. However, the real kicker is a 10 minute rapid recharge time with an expected cost of $3.50 for a full tank of electrons.
In addition to all this, they continue to market to EcoGeeks with an onboard computer to provide â€œWi-Fi, Bluetooth, high definition videoâ€ and the usual ports for your iPod and other gadgets. Lastly, ZAP is using a special glass, which allows the windshield and other windows to provide a small amount of solar energy to the car.
So how do they do it? The ZAP-X is only slightly larger than a Prius and uses an award winning, Lotus designed all-aluminum chassis, making it very lightweight. Also, they are integrating batteries from Altairnano, who have proven their â€œnanotech-based batteriesâ€ in other electric vehicles.
The real key to producing such an amazing vehicle is getting people to pay for it. This is, likely, the first entirely practical electric vehicle, until you factor in the price: $60,000.
ZAP is shooting for a 2008 release, so us EcoGeeks will have some time to save up.