Zap released a sketch of the new ZAP-X flagship crossover, which will feature electric in-hub motors with enough juice (664 HP) to propel the AWD mini-ute to 155 mph. As mentioned earlier, this vehicle is being developed on the Lotus Aluminum Performance Crossover platform. Though generally similar to the APX, this sketch indicates that Zap intends to take their crossover in an even sportier direction. Press release after the jump.

Press Release:

SANTA ROSA, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Electric car
pioneer ZAP today unveiled concept drawings of
the ZAP-X Crossover SUV on its website.

The images of the ZAP-X are also highlighted in the new issue of Popular Science, April 2007, in an article entitled "Who killed the gas guzzler?" including an interview with ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. The issue is on newsstands now as well as online at

The design sketches highlight the styling, performance and technology that ZAP plans to incorporate into the ZAP-X. The compact-SUV design will feature all-wheel drive with in-hub electric motors capable to deliver 644 horsepower and a top speed of 155mph. By combining a lightweight aluminum chassis, a new efficient drive system and advanced battery management system, the goal for the ZAP-X is to be able to achieve 350-mile range, with a rapid 10-minute recharging time.

"We believe that the ZAP-X will become the most advanced, most practical and most appealing flagship electric vehicle to date and will revolutionize the industry providing the driver with the enjoyment of a sports car and the practicality of an SUV," says ZAP CEO Steve Schneider.

Zap, Lotus team up on Electric Crossover [internal]