Zap makes several all electric vehicles that it offers to individuals and companies. The vehicles traditionally use lead acid batteries that weigh in at 430.5 pounds alone. The company has announced that it has switched to lithium ion batteries and a new battery management system to double the driving range of its electric vehicles.
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The new lithium ion batteries weigh 157 pounds and have a 44-mile driving range. The new battery system is used in the Zap Alias vehicle, giving the car a 100-mile driving range on a single charge.
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The lithium ion battery system is available as an upgrade for some Zap vehicles and improves the durability of the charging system. Lead acid batteries can survive 300 to 500 charging systems while the lithium ion batteries can withstand about 2,000 charging cycles.