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Lotus Engineering (Hethel, England) has found a buyer for its Variable Vehicle Architecture ( Lotus' Versatile Venture ), though it's not who you might expect.

Lotus Engineering (Hethel, England) has found a buyer for its Variable Vehicle Architecture ( Lotus' Versatile Venture ), though it's not who you might expect. ZAP! (Santa Rosa, CA; www.zapworld.com) will use the lightweight aluminum structure to build a high-performance electric all-wheel-drive crossover based on the Lotus APX. ZAP! States it expects the vehicle to deliver a range of up to 350 miles with a recharge time of 10 minutes. Just in case, an auxiliary power unit is planned to support longer journeys. The APX's Lotus-designed V6 will be replaced by batteries and in-hub electric motors capable of delivering 644 hp in AWD mode-and a theoretical top speed of 155 mph. Closer to earth, the flexibility of the APX's architecture eventually will be used to create a portfolio of electric vehicles.