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ZAP Alias and Jonway SUV Enter Korea Electric Vehicle Challenge with Partner Samyang Optics

March 30, 2010 7 comments

ZAP Taxi

ZAP 100% Electric SUV Taxi in Korea EV Challenge

ZAP electric vehicles take to the road for the first time in a 200km rally

ZAP 100% Electric SUV Taxi in Korea EV Challenge

SEOUL, Korea (March 30, 2010) – The first-ever Korea Electric Vehicle Challenge took place this weekend outside Seoul with electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) and distribution partner in Korea Samyang Optics (008080.KS) entering two vehicles under development, the Alias electric car and A380 electric SUV.

This was ZAP’s first public demonstration of the Alias and SUV. ZAP’s two 100 percent electric vehicles (EVs) drove along a 200km/124.3mi route at an average speed of 85kph (52.8mph) as part of the EV Challenge. Using a new lithium battery system, the ZAP SUV drove 195 km, on a single charge.  The ZAP Alias concept car completed 50 miles on traditional lead acid batteries before requiring a recharge.  ZAP will be using lithium batteries in a test this May.  The three-day event included manufacturers of electric vehicles, batteries, chargers and components with parades and an exhibition.

Samyang Optics hosted ZAP as part of their ongoing partnership to distribute electric vehicles in Korea. The two companies have a partnership to distribute and potentially manufacture electric vehicles in Korea with ZAP providing electric vehicle expertise.

The Korean EV Challenge was sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Environment.  The Korean government has announced support and investment in electric vehicles over the next few years.  The event was launched by government and business leaders including Korean ministers, congressmen and a representative from the Korean Electric Vehicle Association.  Samyang CEO Christopher Kang and ZAP CEO Steve Schneider also attended.

The ZAP electric SUV is being developed through a partnership between ZAP and auto manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd. targeting the China fleet market. The ZAP Alias electric car is entered in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize taking place this year. For more information visit

Samyang Optics Co., Ltd.

Samyang, located in Masan, Korea, is a developer of optical lenses and a range of applications for closed circuit television systems used extensively in highly important security settings such as casinos and banks, as well as government and commercial buildings.  Founded in 1972, Samyang’s securities are publicly traded on the Korean stock exchange. Samyang is an exclusive supplier for “Made in Korea” lenses to Sears and has made lenses for Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Yashica. In 2004 Samyang merged with Japanese optical device maker Seikou.

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world’s oldest 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. Further news and information is available at

Safe Harbor Statement

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.
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Editors please note: Video shot at the Korea EV Challenge is available here:

Agency contact:

Pat Meier-Johnson
Pat Meier Associates Public Relations, for ZAP

Company Contact: ZAP
Alex Campbell
707-525-8658 x 241

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ZAP Alias and SUV Answer Korea Electric Vehicle Challenge

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment

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ZAP: Then and Now

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment

A short history of history of a pioneering company and the development of the ZAP Alias

In order to understand the history of the ZAP Alias entry in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize (PIAXP), one needs to appreciate the origins of ZAP, which is a challenge unto itself since ZAP was founded in 1994, over 15 years ago, making it one of the earliest companies to enter the EV business.  So, please be patient, this could take awhile.

ZAP was founded on September 23, 1994 as ZAP Power Systems in Sebastopol, California, a venture started by EV entrepreneur and ZAP PIAXP Team Captain Gary Starr, with his previous experience in electric vehicles, as well as other electric vehicle developers and advocates.  Starr had previous experience with electric cars including Solar Electric Engineering and U.S. Electricar, which is currently known as Enova Systems . Starr was involved in more than 600 electric car conversions between 1989 and 1994 from Ford Escorts, GEO PrizmsChevy S-10sToyota Paseos, S-10 Blazer SUVs, Pontiac Fieros and various kit cars, with subsequent sales to Hollywood celebrities, government agencies, military bases, the US Post Office, Ford and GM. He left that venture to start ZAP believing there was a growing opportunity in smaller bicycle and scooter EV designs that could be affordable for a greater number of people.  Continued…

Putting the ‘ZAP’ in transportation for 15 years

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

ZAP was founded in 1994 to create an automotive company that stands for the environment and for the future. In an era when government and industry are debating how to solve our growing transportation problems, ZAP has been a pioneer in providing cost effective advanced transportation solutions and helping to create a paradigm shift in transportation.  Indeed, ZAP has designed, manufactured and shipped over 117,000 electric vehicles, ranging from electric bikes to electric scooters, ATVs, cars, vans and trucLogo for electric vehicle pioneer ZAPks, to over 75 countries.

The logo for electric vehicle pioneer ZAP

ZAP is 15 years old.

ZAP is a business opportunity at a pivotal moment in history when average people around the world are coming to grips with pollution, rising fuel prices, traffic congestion, parking shortages, noise pollution, endangered habitats and species—the list goes on. The technology is available and the timing is right for a small group of entrepreneurs to save the world that we all love, for our children, grandchildren and beyond.

ZAP stands for Zero Air Pollution®.  Indeed, this ubiquitous word ‘zap,’ because of its active, succinct nature, has been a cultural icon since beyond reckoning, but we believe that now ‘zap’ has finally found a new positive meaning.  In fact the word ‘zap’ has been defined as a small electrical charge.  As a pioneer in electric vehicles, ZAP vehicles have become synonymous with electric vehicles.  People often call electric bikes ZAP Bikes, or electric scooters a ZAPPY®.

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Shakedown date set for ZAP Alias in Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize at Michigan International Speedway

March 12, 2010 Leave a comment
Logo for the ZAP X Prize team

Team ZAP Logo for Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize

The stage is set for the ZAP Alias to kick up its heels in the shakedown stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, taking place from Sunday to Saturday, May 2-8, 2010.  ZAP is booking its travel plans from Santa Rosa, California to Brooklyn, Michigan.  Read more at the ZAP Alias Blog.

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ZAP 100% Electric Car Delivers for Dominos Pizza in Aspen, CO

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment
Dominos is delivering pizzas with a 100% electric car from ZAP

Dominos in Aspen, CO is using a ZAP 100% electric car to deliver pizza

We’re excited to see the idea of electric delivery vehicles expanding throughout the world.  Summit Daily News featured our ZAP Xebra 100% electric sedan being used in Aspen, Colorado to delivery pizzas for Domino’s.

Electric vehicles work better for urban deliveries than gas vehicles because they turn off when stopped, so there is no excess idling while parked or at traffic lights.  Electric vehicles also have less emissions at their point of use, helping to fight urban smog.

ZAP has been selling more electric trucks and vans to companies and government agencies who manage large fleets of vehicles for transporting goods and personnel between buildings in a corporate campus or government installation.  Customers report big savings in fuel expenses using electric vehicles over their traditional large diesel or gas trucks.  Electric vehicles also require less maintenance than gas vehicles.

It’s impressive to see electric vehicles like these succeeding in cold mountain regions.  The use of a ZAP sedan for Domino’s Pizza delivery dates back to 2007 in Las Vegas.  Recently ZAP won a contract to engineer an electric mail truck conversion for the United States Postal Service.

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High school principal patrols via Zappy3 electric scooter

March 6, 2010 2 comments

Electric scooter patrols high school in Texas

West Brook High School Principal Bill Daniels has instant mobility on the 100 acre campus with an electric scooter from ZAP. Click picture for VIDEO.

We thought this television news story was fun because we use Zappy3’s all over downtown Santa Rosa for work and play.  ZAP has sold thousands of these great scooters because they’re fun, easy, affordable and practical.  The Chief Financial Officer was riding down the hallway today on one.  The employees ride these back and forth between buildings and to go pick up lunch.  I see people all over town using them.  It’s great to see that this idea is starting to take hold in a place like Texas with even police using them.

Scootin’ around West Brook H.S.

Principal Bill Daniels is patrolling the halls like other authorities in BISD on his new ride

Kelly Gaston, KFWD News, March 4, 2010

Beaumont, Texas  — Administrators at West Brook High School in Beaumont have a new way to get around campus quickly when security or medical issues come up.  The high tech scooter even has the principal on a roll.

It’s not the most common way a principal patrols a high school, but for Bill Daniels it’s become a handy tool at West Brook.

“It provides us instant mobility places.”

Administrators and police have been testing this Zappy Pro. Daniels says they have had it for about three weeks and they are thinking about buying two.

“If there’s a problem somewhere on the campus or someone needs something, we use this; we can get right out there.”

Daniels says the scooter is easy to use; it’s versatile, and highly maneuverable.

“If you want turn to in one spot, it’ll pull you around,” said Daniels.

Seeing that West Brook sits on about 100 acres, the Zappy Pro is a great tool for police and administrators to overlook security and assist with medical issues. It can travel as fast as 15 mph and allows administrators to see above the students.

“West Brook’s kind of like a small city,” says Kristi Fuselier, WB Director of Student Activities. “We’ve got about 3000 people on campus at any given time between kids and administration and faculty, and anything can happen around here.”

A tool that is helping administrators patrol campuses and get from one point to another in a timely manner; the principal wants to get more scooters in the next couple of weeks.

KFDW News March 4, 2010