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If the new Zap Sparkee EV looks a bit familiar, well, you sure know your Shuanghuan Nobles - and, of course, your Smart Fortwos. Still, given China's less-than-strict rules on copyrights, Zap Jonway should be fine in bringing the past back with the new Sparkee EV. Zap says it expects to sell several thousand of these things by June.

Designed for commuters in Chinese cities, the new electric vehicle is ready to take advantage of Chinese governmental EV incentives, which were recently changed from a policy based on the size of the lithium battery into one based on the car's electric range. Depending on options (there are also different motor sizes), the Sparkee costs between the equivalent of $7,000 and $12,000 and can be ordered with either lead acid or lithium-ion batteries. The lead packs will results in a range of around 120 kilometers (75 miles) and the li-ions will give you 180 km (112 miles). Zap doesn't say how much, exactly, buying a Sparkee will get you from the government, but the subsidies run from around $5,000 for an EV range under 100 km (60 miles) to $10,000 for anything over 200 km (120 miles).

Zap Jonway is also looking at exporting the Sparkee to Eastern Europe, South America and, maybe, the US. Zap is in the midst of releasing a number of plug-in vehicles in China, including a minivan.


Zap introduces new, yet quite familiar, Sparkee EV commuter car


 

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Yup, Zap is incorporated in the U.S.

Nobody violating copyright wins in the U.S.
 

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It kind of like DVD players, and Toaster. How much different can you make a small car look. Samsung phones, iPhone what ever. They will never sell that Chinese. car here.
 

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It's not making it different which it actually is, it's not putting or faking the tridion at least :D
I agree all smartphones look the same, but at least Samsung doesn't put an apple logo on it's phones.
 

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Funny fact: Apple uses Samsung parts for iPhones. Screens, Logic Board parts, and some other parts are all made by Samsung. :)

These companies have intellectual properties, patents, trademarks and other copyrights that cannot be infringed.

The notion that all city cars will/do look like smarts is complete and total BS (I'm looking at you, Greek Court).

The Toyota iQ, the Chevy Spark, the Autozam AZ-1, most of Japan's kei cars, the Fiat 500, the T.25, the Ford Ka, the Vauxhall Agila, and on and on are all city cars that don't look anything like each other or smart.

This is infringement of the highest degree. And thankfully, since Zap Jonway is incorporated in the U.S., Daimler should be able to sue them for every penny they've ever profited...
 
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