Jonway Group Funds $18.2 Million to ZAP Jonway to Bring 2012 New Products to Production: ALIAS and JNZ Shuttle – Gas and Electric
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ZAP Jonway (OTCBB:ZAAP.OB – News), 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.
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 gasoline 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
Expands EV and Gasoline Product Line Focused on Fleet Markets
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec 16, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — ZAP Jonway ZAAP -1.89% , a designer and manufacturer of gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs), introduced its JNZ SHUTTLE, a multi-purpose van that can convert from passenger to cargo easily, targeted for the fleet markets and available for the international markets in the first quarter of 2012.
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The JNZ SHUTTLE gives ZAP Jonway an attractive platform to compete in the rapidly growing China auto industry for commercial fleet and delivery vehicles. The JNZ SHUTTLE is designed for both full electric and for gasoline and has more than 129 cubic feet of cargo space or with three rows of seats can fit up to seven passengers.
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.”
CHENGDU (October 7, 2011) – Steve Schneider, Co-CEO for automotive pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP), is scheduled to speak at the Global Automotive Forum, October 11-12 in Chengdu, Southwest China as part of an auto show and business forum covering relevant issues and challenges facing the industry today.
The Global Automotive Forum (GAF) has already established itself as one of the leading forums for the automotive industry. The theme for the 2011 forum is: “From Volume Leader to Innovation Leader.” This is Schneider’s second appearance at the Global Automotive Forum, now in its second year. ZAP Jonway is displaying its latest A380 SUV models during the concurrent Chengdu Motor Show. Schneider has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry. Read more…
This editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee in December, but we reprint it here to offer insight into ZAP’s electric vehicle strategy in China over the past 13 years.
With all the irritations between the United States and China, it is worth noting some opportunities for “competitive cooperation.”
The latest agreements signed this month between the United States and China should make U.S. businesses more competitive in selling everything from industrial machinery and telecom devices to equipment for large-scale wind farms.
For example, companies that participate in the construction of wind farms will now be able to participate in projects to install wind farms in China. Until now, they were not able to participate because their non-Chinese experience could not be used for qualification as a bidder on a China-based project. The new commitment by China will allow those companies to gain access.
And as Jennifer Turner of the Wilson Center has said, in many cases, combining the strengths of innovative U.S. technologies and Chinese manufacturing capacity can be an important driver of economic growth and jobs here and in China.
But we have to be looking for commonalities and opportunities. For example, California and China are earthquake prone. China’s going to need to build 30,000 hospitals in the next 10 years. California has a lot of health care companies and a lot of experience building hospitals to meet earthquake standards. That is an exportable skill set.
Here is one small example. California has many of the leading companies and innovators in the electric-vehicle industry.
Santa Rosa-based ZAP Electric Vehicles announced an agreement during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s September trade mission to China whereby new plug-in vehicle technologies designed in California, combined with China-based manufacturing, will allow ZAP to provide electric charging stations, battery swap-out stations, as well as electric vehicle maintenance and repair depots in Shanghai’s Yangpu District.
Of the five biggest solar plants in China, infrastructure (such as polysilicon production equipment, crystalline ingot growth systems and fusion furnaces) comes from the United States, creating jobs here. Certainly, manufacturing solar panels in China creates jobs in China. But jobs also are created here at the project location.
The picture is much more complex than the “shipping jobs to China” slogan we hear every election season. If we embrace the concept of “cooperative competition” – even as we continue as a nation to seek enforceable agreements against pirating, protectionism and manipulated currency in China – we can take advantage of our strengths to make economic progress during this time of difficult economic transition.
SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Remy Electric Motors, LLC, has been named the new electric motor supplier to ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board:ZAAP.ob – News). Today ZAP Founder Gary Starr and Remy Electric Motors General Manager Kevin Quinn told an audience of exhibitors and participants at this year’s World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS) in Shenzhen, China, that the two companies have signed a long term motor supply and development agreement. Remy HVH 250 electric motors will now be used globally in ZAP’s cars and sports utility vehicles. Additionally, ZAP is developing a drivetrain with the Remy motor for use in automotive platforms of ZAP and those of several Chinese vehicles.
U.S.-based ZAP acquired 51 percent of Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Company Ltd. this year. This merger has given ZAP access to the Chinese market through Jonway Auto’s distribution channels of more than 80 factory direct dealerships that feed into hundreds of factory authorized dealers. The new supply and development agreement signed by ZAP and Remy provides Remy with a strategic partner in the Chinese electric vehicle market.
Remy’s Kevin Quinn stated, “This new agreement with ZAP recognizes the superior performance and proven reliability of Remy’s electric motors. We are proud to partner with ZAP as they develop global markets with their line of innovative electric vehicles.”
Innovation is a hallmark of ZAP. One of their newest development projects, the Alias electric car, participated this year in the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a competition for 100 MPG or energy equivalent vehicles. ZAP’s Alias placed among the top seven finalists from the original 115 teams and was recognized as the most practical and the most wanted design in the competition.
ZAP Founder Gary Starr said, “Remy has proven to be a great partner. We are convinced their electric motor is the best on the market. ZAP is continually advancing our products to ensure industry leading performance and reliability. Switching to Remy electric motors for our entire line of vehicles is going to provide our customers with even more power and efficiency. This partnership is definitely a win-win for everyone involved.”
A worldwide audience became acquainted with ZAP’s electric vehicles in 2010 when ZAP’s Electric SUV Taxis were featured during the Shanghai World Fair. ZAP and Jonway Auto shuttled officials and VIPs during the exposition. These same vehicles will now be made available globally using the Remy HVH 250 electric motor.
This is not the first time ZAP and Remy have partnered. Remy Electric Motors joined forces with ZAP in the development of an electric postal delivery vehicle for the United States Postal Service (USPS). This vehicle was chosen as one of the five approved vehicle participants in a year-long trial by the USPS.
Remy’s patented High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) technology’s world-class torque and power density deliver added speed and range to ZAP’s electric vehicles. Brands like AMP Electric Vehicles, GM, Mercedes, BMW, Aptera and Allison Transmission use the Remy HVH electric motor for its superior technology, reliability and the speed to market that come with Remy’s existing global production capacity.
Today, there are more than 80,000 customer-validated Remy motors on the road. With over a billion miles of proven reliability, Remy’s compact HVH electric propulsion motors are power-dense, lab-tested and road-proven. For more details about the HVH250 Series electric motors, visit the Remy website at: http://www.remyinc.com/hvh.asp.
About Remy International, Inc.
Remy International, Inc., headquartered in Pendleton, Indiana, is a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters and alternators and Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems. Remy International also manufactures and distributes electric propulsion motors designed with leading edge technology and backed by the security of over a billion miles of proven reliability. In business for over 100 years, today Remy International is actively collaborating with companies throughout the world to develop innovations that are transforming the vehicle industry. Recently, Remy International was recognized by the United States Department of Energy for its leadership role in the hybrid technologies space and awarded a $60 million grant under the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative.
To learn more, visit the Remy brand website at www.remyinc.com
ZAP is one of the oldest and most experienced EV providers, having delivered a broad range of over 117,000 vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Santa Rosa, California based company is one of the few to offer all-electric city-speed cars and trucks that are in production today. ZAP is also developing a freeway capable electric vehicle called the Alias. Further news and information is available at http://zapglobal.wordpress.com.
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ZAP Responds the U.S. Military’s Call for Practical Alternative Fuel Technologies at Renewable Energy Rodeo & Symposium, June 8-9 at Fort Bliss
FT. BLISS, Texas (June 9, 2010) – Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is demonstrating its line of electric trucks, vans and ATVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium, June 8-9, hosted by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Tank and Automotive Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. The two-day symposium brings energy experts from around the world together with specially selected exhibitors showcasing innovative solutions that range from efficient ground vehicles to infrastructure.
ZAP will demonstrate its ZAPTRUCK XL with convertible bed for moving up to 1900 lbs. of cargo, ZAPVAN SHUTTLE for transporting up to four passengers or allowing easy side loading through sliding doors, and the ZAP DUDE ATV (all-terrain vehicle) ideal for installation security patrol and maintenance functions. The event is organized for federal, state and local government legislators, GSA and various fleet managers, Pentagon-level officials from all U.S. service branches, as well as students from El Paso area colleges and universities.
“We are eager to receive first-hand feedback from all levels of military personnel who will have the opportunity to experience our electric vehicles,” said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. “We believe that communication and partnerships between energy innovators and the military will lead to practical solutions that reduce adverse effects on the environment, such as vehicles that are more energy efficient and simpler to maintain.”
Sometimes all it takes is one person to lead the way. The U.S. Army reordered ZAP electric trucks last year after a successful introduction of the vehicles at the Army’s Daegu, Korea installation. On his own initiative, former environmental division chief Robert Chartier procured the electric trucks as part of an environmental awareness program that earned him the highest individual award from the Secretary of the Army’s Environmental Awards Program for 2009.
ZAP is one of the world’s oldest and most experienced electric vehicle providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Santa Rosa, California based company offers some of the only electric city-speed cars and trucks in production today and is leveraging its accrued technology know-how in developing a cost effective high-speed electric car called the ZAP Alias. It recently started pilot production for an electric taxi through a partnership in China and is developing electric charging stations with China’s Holley Group, the world’s largest producer of electric power meters. For product, dealer and investor information, visit http://www.zapworld.com.
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