Zap, Lotus Team Up on Electric Crossover SUV


This one is for the Tesla fan in the room… You know who you are!

The companies say the all-electric model will challenge the Tesla all-electric sportster in performance, with the equivalent of 644 hp and a top speed of 155 mph — and a range of 350 miles on a charge.

[via jalopnik]

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  1. pweibel

    Lotus: not a sports car.
    Tesla roadster:, sports car

    19 September 2008
  2. pweibel

    I also wanted to say that the ’10 minute recharge’ time that they have listed at that site makes absolutely no sense. My phone couldn’t charge in 10 minutes. And it can’t drive me 350 miles.

    19 September 2008
  3. skassel

    I agree with both points, but I think this is the the REAL electric sports car!

    20 September 2008
  4. pweibel

    Touche, I’ll give you that one, but I’d rather have a car that looks cool, costs 1/2 as much, and gets 5.5 times greater range per charge… The big issue here is the drivable range, so I actually think you were right on with the chevy volt.

    20 September 2008
  5. skassel

    A concession?!? I didn’t see that one coming… and I didn’t know that practical was part of the ‘sports car’ equation. The Volt with an ultra efficient diesel that burns recycled veggie oil / diesel blends, now that’s a car!

    20 September 2008
  6. nharmuth

    I found an interesting article on Yahoo! this morning about some new crossover cars that will be debuting at the 2008 Paris Motor Show… check it out!

    30 September 2008
  7. csimmons

    This one looks amazing

    3 October 2008
  8. pweibel

    Took me a while to see that you responded Dr. Kassel. Anyway, I’m just wondering, how does the advantage gained with diesel compare to the typical gasoline engine in terms of charging batteries. Also, long term wise gasoline burns cleaner – less sulfates and stuff (and you know I love long term stuff, I’ll post something with my vision of the future soon).

    6 October 2008
  9. skassel

    Actually, the diesel is more efficient, diesel fuel requires less processing, and the whole idea of multiple fuel possibilities (biodiesel, veggie diesel, recycled diesel blends, etc.) make it a much more interesting prospect in the longer term. And if you consider that the build of a diesel engine is much more robust, they offer longer operational lifetimes with fewer repairs. I imagine a hybrid diesel engine ‘living’ for quite a long time. How cool would it be to use your car as an efficient backup generator when the power goes out…

    15 October 2008

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