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New Lithium Battery and Management System Doubles Range of ZAP Electric Cars

A smart, lighter weight alternative for ZAP consumer and fleet vehicles worldwide

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 18, 2010) – Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) has begun shipping lithium battery systems for various models of its electric cars, trucks, vans and scooters, offering at least four times the life of standard lead-acid batteries and twice the driving range. The new battery system is the first turnkey, drop-in replacement battery system that fits in the same space as the G-31 lead acid batteries used in many of ZAP’s vehicles, equipped with a BMS (battery management system) that increases reliability and extends range.

The lightweight lithium battery system is used in the ZAP Alias, allowing it to drive up to 100 miles on a single charge. In China, ZAP’s new fleet vehicles use a similar system for its electric taxis and corporate vehicles based on the Jonway A380 SUV. A sub-chassis array of more than 100 battery cells is networked with an electronic monitoring system, ensuring that temperature and voltage of each cell are in balance and that electricity is automatically rerouted should any of the cell voltages change.

Lithium vs. Lead-Acid Batteries

Chart - ZAP Lithium Battery System vs. Lead-Acid

Available as an upgrade for some ZAP vehicles, the new lithium battery systems provide a significant value for customers by improving performance and offering a significantly longer lifespan. ZAP estimates lead-acid batteries have 300-500 cycles of discharging and recharging, compared to 2,000 cycles for lithium. Customers should see improved acceleration and handling of their vehicles with the lighter-weight, higher-voltage batteries. ZAP designed the lithium battery system to recharge overnight from any 110 outlet, just like a cell phone, or faster using a 220-volt recharging station.

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world’s most experienced electric vehicle providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Santa Rosa, California based company offers some of the only electric city-speed cars and trucks in production today and is leveraging its accrued technology know-how in developing a cost effective high-speed electric car called the ZAP Alias. It recently started pilot production for an electric taxi through a partnership in China.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in the ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Pat Meier-Johnson
Pat Meier Associates Public Relations, for ZAP

Jim Gill, for ZAP

Alex Campbell, ZAP
707-525-8658 x 241

  1. May 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for the info. We should use all our knowledge to start to make an environmentally friendly power source.

  2. May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I have a 2008 Xebra SD hatchback model and two of my lead acid batteries require replacement. How much is the new lithium battery pack and is it available now for my vehicle?

    • May 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      Yes, call us at 707-525-8658 for a quote or email directly at zapglobal@yahoo.com. We are focusing on doing installs in-house initially with kits available soon. If you live close to ZAP, let’s bring your Xebra in.

  3. DrE
    July 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Do you need a good name for rapid charging EV business?
    “Zap your EV”……ZapEV or EVzap

  4. DrE
    July 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    If I had an EV range-extender that could double any EV range….Every EV user would want to add this accessory on board. That’s one Pal you would not want to leave home without…hence the name EvPal.
    I wonder if ZAPWorld would be willing to exchange shares for some good EV names like this one or EVzap here at Evdomains.com

  5. December 1, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Thankz for the cool name suggestions. We have also been checking out range extenders. Pure EVs are much simpler though and adding a gas engine to one defeats the purpose, don’t you think?

  6. ray
    August 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    these battery are ready to go can they be ship to Arizona and what price are they

  7. mundo
    August 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I have a zap i drive it in phoenix Arizona and its a eye catcher . i got a bad burn rotten egg
    smell it was the little batter in front by the i did disconnected it and seen ok. now.1 (?) that little batter just runs the key less remote? and can it be replace with a regular motor
    cycle battery ?

    • September 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Contact ZAP Customer service.

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