Gallery: AN AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE? The $30K ZAP Alias

 

All-electric vehicles may seem like an impossible dream to most, with a price point that’s far out of reach. That may soon change, if car company ZAP gets its way. It has just announced a partnership with China Youngman Automotive Group to produce the Alias, a $30,000 electric vehicle that will be available in 2009.

ZAP believes that thanks to how fast automotive technology is advancing, it can produce such vehicle by the specified time frame. Its a difficult task as they have yet to produce a full prototype of the Alias. It does have a full specification showing what it hopes the final product will be. The three-wheeled Alias will be powered by two in-wheel 320-horsepower motors, which will be capable of taking the car from 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds. It should take go for 150 miles on one charge. A hybrid range extender is also in the works.

Getting a full vehicle within two years seems difficult, however the car manufacturer is hopeful. It has just recently made an invitation to its suppliers with hopes of getting to the affordable price range that it is looking for. Having said that, if they can bring that car at that price, well, they could own the market.

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  1. GeoIsla » The Det... March 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    [...] car of summer luxury! This 100 year-old antique electric car will be available in early 2009 from ZAP and China Youngman Automotive Group, proving once and for all that there is no such thing as a new idea. The Detroit Electric is [...]

  2. Inhabitat » TRANS... March 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    [...] car of summer luxury! This 100 year-old antique electric car will be available in early 2009 from ZAP and China Youngman Automotive Group, proving once and for all that there is no such thing as a new idea. The Detroit Electric is [...]

  3. PaTrond February 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I’m going to have that car when I’m 18!! Looks pretty cool, just needs a bit more cover on its rear too, but beatuful front =O

  4. David February 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Vehicles (electric and others) may improve and actually be realized if/when designers stop designing FOR themselves! Enough of the machismo. The ‘tough guy’ thing is so last century. Let’s get on with it. Practical can be stylish.

  5. Fred Thompson February 13, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I want one, if the concept car every becomes a reality, they never do. Just look at Detroit!

  6. Richie February 13, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Impractical design. Cool looking… but not an everyday ‘workhorse’. Where do you put the groceries, and that super low slung front end will get destroyed on uneven roads. Back to the drawing board folks !

  7. Nick February 13, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Once we get the range up on electric cars (which Tesla has shown is possible today), they’ll take over. Current biofuels are marginally better than oil (if that), and the prospect of next-gen biofuels is significantly iffier than that of performance EVs. Hydrogen may be a possibility many years from now, but currently fuel cells with electrolyzed hydrogen (the only really sustainable kind) are just really inefficient batteries. I have faith in Aptera, ZAP, Tesla, and anyone else innovative enough to give EVs the second chance they deserve.

  8. Hugo February 13, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Orrin is right, especially on the electric Model T we need at the moment. In my opinion the new electric Model T is not going to be a meagre (and ugly) 2 seater, nor will it have a range of 150 miles (pathetic really), nor will it cost “just” 30.000 dollars. A simple 6000 dollar Daihatsu will have less environmental impact. And with a bit of persuasion, one could fit four people in it!

  9. Orrin February 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I agree with Zapped. I did a case study of ZAP in college and check in on them from time to time. They seem to produce interesting products but nothing that will catch the world on fire. What we need now is a new Model T and I don’t see it coming from Hybrid or battery powered cars.

    Maybe a company like ZAP could teach Detroit, Japan, and Germany a thing or two, but not for what I’ve seen so far.

  10. Zapped February 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    To this date, Zap has not produced much more than promises of different EVs. Their fancy vehicles are all “just around the corner”, like the Zap-X and now Zap Alias. I wish them all the best, but doubt I will ever see anything coming out of that company, except promotion material.

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