ZAP received its first shipment of 100 Zappy3 Li scooters powered by Advanced Battery Technologies' (ABAT) advanced polymer lithium-ion batteries.
The Zappy3 Li personal transporter is a similar version of its popular Zappy3 but is lighter due to the compact lithium battery array. The new Zappy3 Li is expected to be available for purchase soon.
"You can jump on a Zappy3 Li with lithium batteries and immediately notice a difference," said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. "Compared to lead acid batteries, these new batteries make electric vehicles lighter, faster and more responsive. These are some of the first larger-format lithium batteries that are in volume production."
"ZAP has the advantage of producing a wide selection of versatile, affordable electric vehicles that we will use as test beds for new technologies like those available from ABAT," said Schneider. "As automotive-designed, large-format lithium pricing continues to come down, the standardization of this power source will help to propel electric vehicle sales to higher levels."
ZAP will be integrating large-format lithium batteries in its pickups and vans as well as vehicles under development like the Alias roadster.