Zapp Electric Vehicles Limited, a UK-based high-performance two-wheel electric vehicle (EV) company, has expanded its international footprint. This is part of its strategy to grow its business and fulfil the growing demand in the largely under-penetrated electric two-wheel market.
Zapp’s new Design and Technology Campus is based at the heart of Thailand’s automotive and technology ecosystem. The new campus is home to Zapp’s team of designers and engineers who are developing Zapp’s next generation of high-performance electric vehicles. The Thai facility includes a design studio, prototyping and engineering workshops and office space.
This is Zapp’s second global facility, joining its UK-based operations which includes the Zapp Customer Experience Centre and Global Training Centre for Zapp’s network of authorised retailers. Customers can build and specify their motorcycle at the Customer Experience Centre as well as test ride the i300, Zapp’s first high-performance electric vehicle, on the Bicester test track.
Swin Chatsuwan, Zapp founder and CEO, said: “Our new Design and Technology Campus is a significant milestone in our strategy to deliver high-performance electric vehicles to customers around the world.
“Being located near the Bangkok Cybertech District and in the automotive manufacturing hub of Thailand gives us access to experienced motorcycle engineering talent and supply chain expertise in one of Southeast Asia’s largest motorcycle markets.
“Our team of designers and engineers has already designed and developed our award-winning i300 and will look to shape the future of the two-wheel electric vehicle market through an exciting pipeline of new Zapp high-performance vehicles.”
Zapp’s first production bike, the i300, is the first of its kind in that it combines superbike-like acceleration and scooter-style lightweight agility. It features ultra-portable battery packs, providing a unique blend of performance and accessibility. The i300’s lightweight alloy and composite bodywork bring its total weight down to just 92kg (without batteries). Using an IPM motor and carbon fibre belt drive, the i300 accelerates to 30mph in 2.2 seconds (0-50kph in 2.35 seconds).