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ZAP Jonway Announces Extension of US$19 Million Convertible Note

December 29, 2011 1 comment

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ZAP (OTCBB:ZAAP), also known as ZAP Jonway, a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), announced ZAP and China Electric Vehicle Corporation, or CEVC, an entity affiliated with Cathaya Capital, have agreed to extend the maturity date of the US$19 million convertible note held by CEVC until August 12, 2012.

Dr. Priscilla Lu, Chairman of ZAP and General Partner of Cathaya Capital, stated: “We are pleased with ZAP Jonway’s progress on its new EV model rollout planned for the first half of 2012. The ZAP and Jonway teams are working very well together with the common goal of executing on our new model rollout plan and delivering revenue from our next generation models. This extension gives the company time to achieve its 2012 deliverables and results.” CONTINUED===>

Jonway Group Funds $18.2 Million to ZAP Jonway to Bring 2012 New Products to Production: ALIAS and JNZ Shuttle – Gas and Electric

December 19, 2011 1 comment

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ZAP Jonway (OTCBB:ZAAP.OBNews), a designer and manufacturer of new energy and electric vehicles (EVs), entered a funding agreement with Jonway Group CO. Ltd., to pay for a total of $18.2 million for the already completed interior and exterior design and molding of the JNZ SHUTTLE Van; the completed engineering design, type approval certification and catalogue license of the gasoline transmission of the JNZ SHUTTLE Van; and the ALIAS interior and exterior design and molding, which is underway.

The JNZ ALIAS, a Motorcycle class electric vehicle (EV)Alex Wang, Co-CEO of ZAP Jonway’s China operation, CEO of Jonway Automobile, and a Director of Jonway Group, stated: “Jonway Group, the original holding company of Jonway Automobile is committed to delivering industry leading full electric new energy vehicles to the market, utilizing the strengths of Jonway Automobile’s manufacturing with ZAP’s EV technology experience and design. We believed in the market potential of the JNZ SHUTTLE Vans and started this design more than a year ago in Jonway Group, funded by the holding company of Jonway Automobile, while ZAP Jonway evaluates the market potential of this new product line. After doing more extensive market research, ZAP Jonway believes the JNZ SHUTTLE Van for both EV and The JNZ SHUTTLE Cargo/Passenger Van comes in Gas or Electric Powergasoline models have great commercial opportunities, especially in addressing our new strategy focused on the fleet applications. Jonway Group has been paying for the engineering design and molding for the JNZ SHUTTLE Van and will also pay for the ALIAS to go into production within 2012. These two project funding totals more than $18.2 million. The JNZ SHUTTLE Van engineering and molding work is already completed, and the ALIAS work is being completed. Jonway Group stepped in to fund this capital intensive development to ensure the delivery of these new models into production for 2012. The JNZ SHUTTLE Van is ready for production delivery in the second quarter of 2012, and the ALIAS is planned for the fourth quarter of 2012. We are pleased with the progress and the quality of the work done for these models, and we are committed in Jonway Group to support the financing to ensure that we are well positioned to offer competitive and attractive products.” ===> CONTINUED

ZAP Jonway Announces First EV Product Roadmap Leveraging Subsidiaries’ Strengths

November 15, 2011 1 comment

The vehicle catalog for ZAP Jonway JNZ 2012

Focusing on New Energy Efficient Vehicles, Gasoline and Full Electric, Utilizing Common Platforms

SANTA ROSA, California – November 15, 2011 – ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP), a designer and manufacturer of gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs), after extensive strategic planning and integration development, announced its joint product roadmap for 2012. The roadmap is focused on delivering affordable and technologically competitive new gasoline and EV models that address the growing market demand.

Dr. Priscilla Lu, Chairman of ZAP Jonway, stated: “The new ZAP Jonway models planned for delivery in 2012 maximize the strengths of both subsidiaries, ZAP and Jonway Auto. The new models utilize the experience base and the combined resources from both subsidiaries to accelerate the new EV models’ time to market, while maintaining the originally planned introduction of Jonway’s new gasoline models to the market in 2012.  The new JNZ product line is designed to address EV platform requirements while remaining adaptable to either gasoline or an electric power train.”

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A380e Electric SUV Prototype Sparks Interest at ASEAN 2011 in Nanning, China

October 22, 2011 1 comment
The A380e 5-door Electric SUV

Potential auto distributors from throughout Southeast Asia wanted a closer look at the ZAP Jonway A380e electric SUV prototype at ASEAN 2011 in Nanning, China

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China Will Lead Electric Vehicle Sales in Asia Pacific by 2015

October 6, 2011 2 comments
A380 Electric SUV by ZAP Jonway at 2010 Shanghai World Fair

ZAP Jonway A380 EV SUV at 2010 Shanghai World Fair

Across the Asia Pacific region, various national-level initiatives and programs are underway to promote the awareness and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), including the establishment of aggressive goals, subsidies for EV purchasers, research and development support, tax incentives, and public education programs.  In certain markets, particularly Japan, these efforts have already borne fruit.  Market players in Japan and Korean, however, are concerned about new challengers, mainly driven by competition in China.  The Chinese EV market has critically important implications for global market participants.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, China will be the leading market for EVs in Asia Pacific by 2015. The cleantech market intelligence firm believes that the Chinese market will represent almost half of the region’s total sales by 2015.

“China, where around 55 vendors are developing electrified vehicles or launching EV development programs, will likely create and lead an entirely new category around clean transportation,” says senior analyst Andy Bae.  “The country will become one of the biggest consumer markets for EVs, and global industry players want to enter this market to tap the related opportunities.”

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Celebrating its 17th Anniversary, ZAP Jonway Positions Itself for Future

September 23, 2011 6 comments

SANTA ROSA, California (September 23, 2011) – Today electric vehicle pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP) celebrates its 17th Anniversary in the industry. ZAP’s majority acquisition of Chinese automobile manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd. earlier this year (which resulted in the corporation formally doing business as ZAP Jonway), the additions of several new executives, and other structural changes have the company freshly focused in a new direction and prepared for future growth.

Engineering & High-Quality, Volume Manufacturing

The acquisition of Zhejiang Jonway Automobile in January was the first in a series of major positive structural changes for ZAP Jonway, including new management, new vehicles, new technologies, streamlining US operations, and a new overall direction.

Log for ZAP Jonway“We couldn’t be more pleased with all the beneficial changes we’ve made in the last nine months,” says Alex Wang, Co-CEO of ZAP Jonway. “Now that Jonway and ZAP are operating as one entity, we can leverage the expertise of our Californian sales, marketing and engineering teams, and combine it with the high-quality, volume manufacturing of our China manufacturing facility, making us uniquely poised to become the market leader in practical commercial and consumer electric vehicles.” Read more…

ZAP Jonway Secures Up to US$16.33 Million in Bank Lines, Outlines Expansion Strategy

September 15, 2011 2 comments

SANTA ROSA, California (September 15, 2011) – Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co., Ltd. (“Jonway Automobile”), a majority-owned subsidiary of ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP), a growing manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced today that it is approved for two credit facilities for a total of $16.33 million in available credit. These credit facilities will be used to support the company’s expansion plans, with emphasis on its electric vehicle production line facilities in China. The credit will also help advance new electric vehicle initiatives, launch new strategic global sales and marketing operations, bolster infrastructure, and finance working capital.

Jonway Automobile, a Sanmen, China based manufacturer of the 3 and 5-door A380 SUV, entered into a Credit Granting Agreement with the Taizhou Branch of China Merchants Bank for a revolving credit line in the aggregate amount of RMB21 million (US$3.28 million) from a total of RMB40 million (US$6.25 million) that is available through China Merchants Bank. Additionally, Jonway Automobile was also approved for a credit line in the aggregate amount of RMB64.5 million (US$10.08 million) from the Taizhou Branch of Everbright Bank of China. Both credit facilities when drawn down will be secured by lands owned by Jonway Automobile and guaranteed by Jonway Group, headquartered in Taizhou. ZAP Jonway is a supplier of all-electric vehicles (EVs) to the military, government and corporations and an early pioneer of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. Read more…

ZAP Jonway Appoints Tony Nie, Formerly of Lotus Engineering, as Vice President of Strategic Business Development

June 1, 2011 1 comment

SANTA ROSA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB:ZAAP.obNews) appointed To

ny (Tianxin) Nie as Vice President of Strategic Business Development overseeing strategic partnerships and key client relationships in China and Asia, as well as General Manager of ZAP Hangzhou Joint Venture, which will be the electric vehicle technical center for ZAP Jonway in China.

Portrait of Tony (Tianxin) Nie, Vice President of Business Development for ZAP Jonway

Tony (Tianxin) Nie

Mr. Nie was formerly Director of Sales & Marketing of Lotus in China as well as Lotus Engineering’s leader and founding member for China. He has been with Lotus since 2005, overseeing business development, sales, engineering developments, marketing and public relations in China. A citizen of the People’s Republic of China, he earned a Masters Degree in International Marketing Management from Leeds University Business School in 2003 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Textile Engineering University in 1994.

Responsible for establishing Lotus Engineering in China, Mr. Nie worked on a number of technology projects and engineering designs, including hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) with range extensions, as well as pure EV designs. He has managed more than 20 different chassis design projects; three engine projects, an

d 15 technology engineering projects. This involved a broad range of products and projects in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies, whole vehicle designs, power-train designs, chassis engineering, energy flow management strategies, vehicle control technologies and vehicle testing processes.

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Jonway ZAP A380 SUVs Crossing Himalayas from Lhasa, Tibet to Nepal’s Katmandu on April 1

March 29, 2011 3 comments
The A380 SUV from Jonway ZAP is crossing the Himalayas in a Caravan of 12

The A380 Caravan leaves Lhasa, Tibet on April 1.

First Time Ever, 12 Jonway A380 SUVs will Caravan 1500km at over 4000 Meters above Sea Level through Rugged Terrain of Himalayas, Starting April 1, 2011

UPDATE:  See the latest from the Caravan on China SUV 4×4 Magazine Website

LHASA, Tibet, March 29, 2011  — Jonway Automobile, a majority owned subsidiary of Jonway ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP) will be showcasing 12 of their traditional gasoline A380 SUVs as they caravan through the Himalaya Mountains in an eight day expedition from Lhasa, Tibet to Katmandu in Nepal, starting April 1, 2011.

The caravan will take about three days to cross the Himalayas from Lhasa to Katmandu, and will be followed by another 5 days of touring mountain tracks through Nepal.  This is the first attempt ever to cross the mountains in 3 days with 12 SUVs, and will be accompanied by 44 journalists.  The event is sponsored by China SUV Magazine and is described on their website using the following link: http://www.chinasuv4x4.com/html/shouye/rediantuijian/2011/0325/1550.html.

The event is intended to celebrate the breathtaking beauty of the journey through the Himalayas, while the journalists capture the magnificent wilderness, experiencing the spirit of excitement and discovery driving Jonway’s A380 SUVs.  This will showcase Jonway’s A380’s sturdiness and robustness while delivering true SUV performance and endurance.

Jonway’s A380 SUV captures the essence of the free spirit and steps out of the traditional to embrace the challenge of adventure in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas.  This journey will be recorded on video and posted for everyone to experience the journey showcasing Jonway’s A380’s power, control and agility in rugged terrain.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

ZAP Jonway USA
Alex Campbell, +1-707-525-8658 ext. 241
acampbell@zapworld.com
or
ZAP Jonway China
Jessica Gao, +86 13511038395
juan.gao@zapworld.com

ZAP Jonway Adds to Finance Team, Leo Shan as Deputy CFO of Jonway Auto

March 11, 2011 7 comments

SANTA ROSA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Electric car pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB:ZAAP.ob – News) and its majority owned subsidiary Jonway Automobile added another member to its finance team following the appointment of Benjamin Zhu as Chief Financial Officer last week. Leo Shan Yongqiang has joined as Deputy CFO effective March 1, 2011 and will assume responsibility of Jonway Automobile in China as part of Benjamin Zhu’s global finance team.

Since 2008, Leo Shan was deputy finance director for Chery Automobile, a leading maker of passenger cars in China. He was also CFO for Chery’s international joint ventures, overseeing finances for Chery’s overseas subsidiaries, including investments in Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Malaysia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Iran. Prior to this he was finance controller in China from 2006 to 2008 for German publisher Wolters Kluer Information & Technology Co., a leading global information services and publishing company. He also served as Senior Auditor from 2003 to 2006 at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Beijing.

“Leo Shan comes with extensive international finance experience and will be helping us manage our international global partnerships and expansions in joint ventures with companies in many countries around the world,” said Mr. Zhu.

“Benjamin Zhu and Leo Shan strengthen the executive finance management team of ZAP Jonway and bring in-depth knowledge of the automobile space as well as broad international market relationships,” said Dr. Priscilla Lu, Chairwoman of ZAP Jonway.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in the ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

ZAP Jonway USA
Alex Campbell, +1-707-525-8658 ext. 241
acampbell@zapworld.com
or
ZAP Jonway China
Jessica Gao, +86 13511038395
juan.gao@zapworld.com

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