ZAP, an automotive company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, jointly with Jonway Auto, its subsidiary in Zhejiang, China, has unveiled the smallest family in their electric vehicle (EV) product line — the Urban EV, "Urbee," a city utility fleet EV targeting Chinese city municipal vehicles and local city commuters. According to the companies, The new mini Urbee opens up a new channel of dealerships and agents that addresses vertical markets for utility government vehicles and specializes in targeting city drivers for the urban markets in secondary cities. Designed for stability and comfort, Urbee is economically priced to attract the aging population in smaller cities where there is a growing demand for economical safe compact vehicles for everyday errands.
Fighting air pollution is now a national imperative and a top priority as declared by China's President XI Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. More enforcement is being put in place to compel auto users in China to adopt EVs, such as requiring that all government vehicles with emissions to be taken off the roads on days when the pollution indices are exceeded.
Urbee completes a full range of EVs targeting the escalating EV market for ZAP Jonway; from the SUV, to Jonway's minivan to the recently announced SPARKEE, and now extending to the mini Urbee. Urbee is designed and manufactured with auto safety chassis, power assisted steering and optional HVAC. The team at Jonway Auto produced this design anticipating the growing demand in China's secondary cities where pollution and gas prices are driving the need and interests, according to the companies. Its 150Km range and city driving speeds is ideal for daily errands and well positioned as a utility and delivery vehicle for city government and institutions.