Electric SUV to Rival Tesla Roadster in Speed, Range

That Tesla Roadster electric vehicle that can do zero-to-60 in four seconds may not be able to hold the crown for coolest and fastest production electric vehicle for long, especially when this crossover SUV comes into town. Our greasemonkey guru blog-brothers at Jalopnik tell us this Lotus-designed firebreather packs 644 horses, a top speed of 155mph and a 350-mile range on a charge. Those are some serious numbers, especially for an SUV.

Lotus Engineering is busy these days—it's the same company that designed the Tesla's body. This next electric road rocket will be a joint venture of Lotus and ZAP, the company that's bringing Smart Cars to the US. No word on when this electro-tech might be available to the public, but a prototype is expected to show up at the big North American Dealers Association (NADA) annual meeting early next month.

Zap, Lotus Team Up on Electric Crossover SUV [Jalopnik]