"ZAP is gearing up to meet the need in the China marketplace for high-quality, environmentally friendly vehicles," said Steve Schneider, ZAP CEO. "Importantly, as these vehicles are 100% electric, they emit zero pollutants and are very economical to operate when compared to a traditional gasoline powered vehicle."
Pilot production of the ZAP Taxi is already underway. The vehicles will be initially aimed at the Asian market, such as taxi fleets, as well as intra-campus transportation for large corporate, government, military and university campuses.
Jonway has the capacity to produce up to 50,000 vehicles per year currently at its facilities in Taizhou with capacity and support from the government to expand as the business grows.
ZAP's design of the electric version of Jonway's A-380 5-door SUV is capable of speeds of 70 mph, with a range of up to 300 km per charge depending on customer specification.
"ZAP has more than 15 years of experience in electric vehicle systems integration and sees a growing market for electric fleet vehicles," continued Schneider. “Not only will the ZAP Taxi carry 5 passengers, it has considerable luggage space and can be operated for less than .12 RMB per kilometer ($0.03 cents per mile) based on current electricity costs in China. This will provide any fleet user with a competitive edge in typical urban usage."