Three-Wheeled ZAP to Take on Tesla

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
three wheeled zap to take on tesla

Tesla better watch it… the joint venture between ZAP and China Youngman Automotive Group is nipping at their heels with the Alias. Wired reports the three-wheeled electric sports car is supposed to go into production by midyear 2009. The unusual drive system will use two in-wheel motors producing 320hp. They're claiming 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, a 120mph top speed and "at least" a 150-mile cruising range. Oh, and it'll sell for $30k. Interestingly, ZAP designed the car with help from Lotus– which also helped develop the Tesla Roadster. They're taking reservations now so better hurry if you want to be the first in your neighborhood with one of the electric trikes.

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