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Monday, July 28th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with

Zap Alias

Have you had a look at Zap’s website lately? No? Who’s Zap? Zap stands for Zero Air Pollution.

The forward-thinking folks at Zap are currently taking reservations for their latest (and perhaps greatest) all-electric zap-mobile: the Alias.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, this developer of ingenious, high-efficiency cars, scooters, cycles and boat engines (yes) hasn’t been asleep at the wheel lately. They’ve come up with quite an assorted selection of alternative energy conveyances that surely fit the needs and driving styles of many consumers.

Here are a few specs on the Alias from the company’s website:

• 0 – 60 mph : 7.7 seconds
• Vmax: 100 mph
• EV range: 100+ miles (160.9 kilometer)
• Vehicle kerb mass: 1612.6 lbs (733 kg)

*Not bad. I’d love to see increased range on the Alias, but would probably require the addition of an engine to recharge the battery.

Check out the 360 degree CAD view:

You can actually place a reservation for the Alias directly on the website. It will set you back $1,000 (I’m not sure if this is refundable as in the case with the Aptera). This 1K will go toward your approximate total purchase price of $32,500 and secure your place in line for the expected release date of 2009.

Note: You can also put down an actual deposit of $5,000 toward the purchase price of the vehicle.

Now I’ll tell you this — I’ve actually seen this car in person (at the Zap location in Santa Rosa) and I must say that my jaw did quite literally drop. This car looks unlike anything currently on the road, and appears much nicer and well-made in person vs. the pictures you’ll find online. It’s truly phenomenal, and I applaud the folks at Zap for not only the car’s unique aesthetic, but also for their earth-friendly design philosophy.

I’m not sure if what was featured in the Zap showcase window was a working prototype or simply a shell without engine, but I must say: this thing screams “FUN” and I’d love to take one out for a test drive when the day comes.

And as a Zap owner, you can forget about sharing stories about high gas prices with your gas guzzling friends. Just smile as you pass them standing at the pump and let them know how you once “had to do that, back in the olden days.”

[Via Zapworld]

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