By on March 15, 2008

new-zap-alias2.jpgC/Net reports that Zap, failed smart importer and provider of the TTAC one-star Xebra electric vehicle, has big plans. Again. Still. Two years ago, Zap was trash talking about a luxury, all-electric SUV called the Zap-X. It was due, uh, now. Anyway, forget about that, for now (Zap says later, Dude). Zap is now busy hyping the three-wheeled Alias, supposedly set for production in 2009. Following the Tesla template for over-promising and under-delivering, Zap says the $30k Alias will top-out at 100mph and travel 150 miles on a single charge (or less, obviously). The Alias will "likely" come with a hybrid range extender: a small gas motor that can power the car or charge the battery. And just in case that doesn't sound totally Tesla-like, "Zap and China's Youngman Automotive Group [the same carmaker responsible for the execrable Xebra], through a joint venture called Detroit Electric, will then follow up with an economy car, roughly coming out in 2010 or 2011, then a four-seater sedan similar in size and price to a Honda Civic. Subsequently, it will come out with a four-seater sedan that will compete in the Audi class." As if.

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6 Comments on “Zap Battles Tesla Motors for Vaporware Award...”

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    This is getting absurd. These companies are promising whatever they want whenever they want, and not one can deliver anything at all, let alone their original “targets.” It reminds me of the early-1900s when every food and drink item had some ridiculous health benefit that obviously wasn’t true. It isn’t like anyone really cares, anyway – those in the know enough to hear these promises are experienced and informed enough to realize none of this will actually happen anytime soon, and those consumers gullible enough to believe this hype (i.e. the vast majority of America) will never even hear of Zap.

    I should’ve nominated all independent electric car companies for the Lutz Award for talking out of their asses.

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    Robert, I must take issue with you on this one. There is absolutely no contest here when it comes to Vapor. Tesla has at least delivered one “production” car and they are due to start series production this week. Granted it will be slow, but they will be building cars. Plus there have been at least two dozen prototypes built over the last couple of years.

    Zap on the other hand has produced press releases and a handful of hand drawn and computer renderings of a couple of vehicles. Prototypes? Forget about it. Production? doubtful.

    Will Tesla survive? Will the WhiteStar ever get built? Only time will tell. But at least they have built something.

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    Let’s go back in time over ten years ago.

    That company is still around.

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    rtz: (solectria) That company is still around.

    Not in making electric vehicles, they’re not.

  • avatar
    Bill Wade

    # L47_V8 :
    March 15th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I should’ve nominated all independent electric car companies for the Lutz Award for talking out of their asses.

    And mainstream GM with their Volt is different how?

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    Sounds like they do a good job of copying Tesla’s PR, at least.

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