COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Electric car
pioneer ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP) confirmed that its XEBRA city-truck
traveled over 100 miles on a single charge at a Danish laboratory using an
advanced lithium battery system.
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ZAP has two XEBRAs in Denmark undergoing refinement with new lithium
batteries and an advanced battery management system developed by Danish
technology firm Lithium Balance. In January, ZAP signed an exclusive
distribution agreement for the sophisticated battery management system.
This new system helps maximize the efficiency and performance of lithium
batteries, delivering as much as five times the range over the lead-acid
batteries currently used in a wide variety of electric vehicles.
"The XEBRA seems like the perfect vehicle to test our advanced battery
management system and the results are extremely encouraging," said Ivan
Loncarevic of Lithium Balance. "We believe that, combined with our battery
management system, ZAP will be able to offer a commercial version of a
XEBRA that has a range in excess of 100 miles per charge in the very near
Loncarevic accompanied ZAP CEO Steve Schneider on a recent
cross-country trip through China to visit ZAP's various manufacturing
partners, including lithium battery developer and manufacturer Advanced
Battery Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ABAT). Earlier this week,
ZAP agreed to purchase $5.168 million of polymer and nano batteries from
Advanced Battery Technologies for use in the XEBRA as well as other ZAP
vehicles and battery systems.
Loncarevic added: "After working with ZAP for several months now, I
believe this to be one of the few ventures today that has a serious
near-term business plan to mass produce electric vehicles. The XEBRA is the
perfect entry and test-bed for this new battery technology and will pave
the way for the development of ZAP's highway capable electric vehicles."
ZAP recently announced that it had delivered over 500 of its XEBRA
sedans and trucks, which are available through its network of authorized
dealers and service centers.
ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since
1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75
countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new
technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric,
fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP is
developing a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called
ZAP-X engineered by Lotus Engineering. The Company recently launched a new
portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics from
cell phones to laptops. For product, dealer and investor information, visit
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