Electric vehicle maker Zap has developed a longer-lasting lithium battery for use in its emissions-free fleet.
Zap's lithium battery systems will be used in several models of electric cars, trucks, vans, and scooters. The new batteries offer at least four times the life of standard lead acid batteries and give the vehicle twice the driving range.
According to the California company, its new battery system is the first turnkey, drop-in replacement battery system that fits in the same space as the G-31 lead acid batteries used in many of ZAP's vehicles, equipped with a BMS (battery management system) that increases reliability and extends range.
Zap estimates lead-acid batteries have 300-500 cycles of discharging and recharging, compared with 2,000 cycles for lithium. Drivers should see improved acceleration and handling of their vehicles with the lighter-weight, higher-voltage batteries. According to Zap, it designed the lithium battery system to recharge overnight from any 110-volt outlet, just like a cell phone, or it can charge faster when connected to a 220-volt recharging station.