California-based ZAP EV maker has received a sizable order from Xinri of China for 1,000 EVs per month.

ZAP said it received from SunRa volume purchase agreement for its URBEE through its subsidiary Jonway Auto for the Chinese. This contract is an agreement by SunRa to purchase 1,000 URBEEs per month from Jonway Auto to sell through its distribution network in China.

The agreement will start with the first shipment of 500 URBEEs from Jonway Auto’s production line in June 2014.

SunRa, which is also called Xinri Electric Vehicle Company, Ltd., was founded in 1999 in Jiangsu Province, China.  Zap said Xinri is one of the leaders specializing in small electric vehicles and auto parts and technologies in EVs in China and has over 1000 distribution dealers in China.

Xinri has three major production plants in Wuxi, Tianjin, and Xiangfan cities and six key enterprises in China, having a total of more than five thousand employees and according to Xinri’s report.  It has an annual production capacity of 2 million small electric vehicles of various types and has been exporting internationally. With type approvals of CE, EN15194, EEC, and DOT for many of its products, Xinri has exported several million different EV products to Europe, America, Asia as well as Africa over the last few years.

ZAP added this long term strategic partnership as EV supplier to SunRa further reinforces the expansion of ZAP and Jonway Auto’s distribution network in China and provides additional opportunities for expansion of the URBEE product line and models.

ZAP explained the target objective is to achieve over 8,000 vehicles through SunRa’s sales network over the next twelve months.  This additional volume commitment would potentially further drive down the costs and also improve the quality and production efficiencies of the manufacturing going forward.