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We recently got word that a ZAP Alias prototype had been built but at the time, we couldn't find any pictures. With a link supplied by commenter "Jay," that situation has been somewhat rectified. Although we don't have photos beyond the screen grabs you see above, there is a news video from NBC24 showing off the car from different angles. They even chat with the Craig Winn of Applied Technologies, the man responsible for this first iteration.

From what we can tell, the prototype stays quite true to the drawings and video renditions previously released. It looks real and not made of styrofoam. He hope to get more and better pictures soon as well as an updated production schedule. If Electric Cars Europe want to import it, seems like the pace ought to be picked up a bit, no? H/t to jay.

[Source: NBC24]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      And then the front wheel(s) should be just a solid long cylinder, like on the Flintstones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Is it that much more difficult to add one more wheel or is there a reason for the limit?"

      It's to avoid mandatory tests required of all 4-wheeled passenger vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why can't these idiots just come out with a normal but NICE looking vehicle? Is it REALLY that hard?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Obviously a mockup, no glass!

      Looks like the mutant love child of a corn harvester and an AMC Gremlin. Better looking than the Xebra, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen the car in person (at the headquarters in Santa Rosa) and the build quality and look are MUCH more impressive in person.

      Check out the pic here and the video render:

      http://smashgods.com/2008/07/28/repeat-zap-mobile-not-bat-mobile/
      • 7 Years Ago
      With that color and the way the light reflects off the thing, it still looks CGI'ed into the frame.

      Any word if that's a "working" prototype? I'm disappointed they didn't show it driving around. It might just be one of those styling models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      >> I REALLY wish the Aptera had a REAL 3rd seat.

      Since this will be licensed as a motorcycle, maybe a sidecare will be available :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the very least, it's not CGI.

      It also appears to have driven (or should I say, appears to have been rolled?) through a dirty/dusty area judging from the dirt on the rear wheel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      YABA-DABA-NO
      • 7 Years Ago
      its made of Styrofoam look at the fake glass. no doors either
      • 7 Years Ago
      To me, it's clearly a styling buck. There's not the slightest hint of visibility through the "glass", indicating to me that it's not glass at all. And you'll note in the low side view that you can see a brake rotor through the wheel, but there's no caliper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Doug: The video said it's just the body. It will be shipped to ZAP to have a drivetrain engineered & fitted.
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