ZAP SPARKEE EV Launches for City Commuters in China – It’s a Smart Fortwo Clone

MAR 24 2014 BY MARK KANE 16

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ZAP announced recently that its Chinese subsidiary Jonway Auto is launching a small EV called Zap SPARKEE for city commuters in China. And you know what? This Smart Fortwo clone is supposedly to be considered a “sedan”.

“Focusing on the growing demands for electric vehicles (EVs) in China driven by Chinese government policies, ZAP and Jonway Auto has developed a small EV sedan designed for city driving.  Due to the high levels of air pollution in the large Chinese cities, the Chinese government has changed its subsidy policy to scale based on the range a EV can achieve, instead of the former policy which was based on the amount of lithium batteries used.  EVs with less than 100 km range receive a subsidy of 30,000 RMB (~USD$5000) and this scales up to 60,000 RMB (~$10,000) for EVs with range over 200 km.”

Zap SPARKEE will be available with lead acid batteries and boasts a range of up to 120 km (75 miles) or lithium-ion batteries and a range up to 180 km (112 miles)

According to press releases, Jonway Auto’s goal is to produce thousands of these EVs:

“Jonway Auto is gearing up production to deliver several thousand of these vehicles for the Chinese market by June 2014 and will be  working with local dealers who  see  a huge market.  SPARKEE is attractively priced between US$7000 to US$12,000 depending on the motor size and battery type as well as capacity.”

What’s more interesting, ZAP says that Jonway Auto working to bring SPARKEE to Eastern European, selected markets in South America and even claims that even the US is under consideration.  Good luck with that Jonway.

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16 Comments on "ZAP SPARKEE EV Launches for City Commuters in China – It’s a Smart Fortwo Clone"

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It’s about time the West starts selling cheap-assed copycat crap to China – as we’ve seen the other-way-around for well over a decade.

I don’t want to see the words “ZAP” and “electric car” together again – it just reminds me of the golfcart past and gives me the heebee jeebees.

You mean the thousand years the west had pirated Chinese inventions like ceramic, wood-paper, pyrotechnics, ect. without paying a single cent patent fees?

“We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.” – BASF

That’s not the slightest bit funny…

Thanks for your input.

Perhaps we should lay down current patent laws and all trade restrictions and just say Communism is a superior way to live and just cow down and become subservient minions of a wealthy, corrupt overbearing government?

Oh, I forgot, there are a lot of “progressive” folks out there who think we should be a lot more like China! Well – if you study the dynastic rule and wars of China and you feel the West owes them for paper, gunpowder and noodles – then I believe you are one oddball character, and not like the vast majority of Americans who are proud of our freedoms and the great cost of humanity it took to gain them.

Perhaps you forgot to read about the 18 month computer hack of the USA’s JSF program. That what we American taxpayers paid – well over 300 billion dollars so far – for the Joint Strike Fighter ( F-35 ) was stolen from Lockheed-Martin skunkworks by Chinese hackers.

So maybe it hasn’t evened out. Maybe the Chinese are more famous for their hijacking of our technology. Maybe to feel “right” about an issue by broad-brushing thousands of years of history, and idiotically forgetting that we live in the present modern world – you just made yourself look very stupid.

What does “cow down” mean? Thats a new one.

Uh yeah… “cow down” isn’t a real phrase. The real phrase is “cow tow”, which means to be submissive. People saying “cow down” have simply misheard the phrase “cow tow”, and are now repeating what they’ve misheard.

Other examples are, “nip it in the butt”, “for all intensive purposes”, or “statue of limitations”. All non-real phrases , that might seem like they make sense and *sound like* the real phrases (bonus points if you know what they are), but have been misheard.

“Perhaps we should lay down current patent laws and all trade restrictions and just say Communism is a superior way to live” Very little is either all good or all bad. Of course there are things in China that are better than in the west; suggesting they be implemented here does not imply that the bad in China be implemented also. “…and just cow down and become subservient minions of a wealthy, corrupt overbearing government?” Are you talking about the US here? Germany? Russia? Australia maybe? “Oh, I forgot, there are a lot of “progressive” folks out there who think we should be a lot more like China!” In some ways, of couse (see above) “if you study the dynastic rule and wars of China and you feel the West owes them for paper, gunpowder and noodles” Does not change the fact that they came up with them. Alot of what the us came up with also was the result of cruelty and corrupt vested interests. “…and not like the vast majority of Americans who are proud of our freedoms and the great cost of humanity it took to gain them.” There are more freedoms in America than in some… Read more »

ZAP always reminds me of the electrical bee/wasp/fly killer that looks like a small tennis racket.
I wouldn’t sit too comfortable in that car, just waiting for the ZAP. 😛

Yeah, Zap has been announcing EVs for a long, long time now, but they don’t seem to be going anywher except for their goofy trucks. I’ll believe it when I see it. And I don’t think copying a Smart and trying to sell it in Europe is going to work very well.

i tryed this car in the Jonway factory few months ago. A lot of work still need to be done before this vehicle can hit the roads also in China. Reguarding the subsidy of the Chinese government i don’t understand why ZAP Jonway still insist to produce EV with less then 200 km range so that they cannot get the full 60.000 Yuan subsidy.
Now a lithium battery that can allow 200 km range is easy and cheap to purchase in China.
Prices for lithium ion cells are under 150 USD for 1 Kw/h already in packs.

Its is not a Smart Clone is its actually a 2007 Shuanghuan Noble car which is made in China by the Shuanghuan Company..Zap is fooling you with their Press releases again…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuanghuan_Noble

BTW if Zap converts these Shuanghuan Nobles to become eV cars they (ZAP Jonway ) will NOT qualify to get the Rebate for the vehicles because ZAP nor Jonway is in the PRC National Catalog as a eV manufacturer in China. So all that stuff about gettinga rebate in China may not qualify for this car. Press releases haven’t been made in China for this car either..only in America ..trying to boost their stock price we hear. Nothing on Jonway auto website about this re hashed vehicle.