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ZAP Alias Electric Car Qualifies for Shakedown Stage of Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Electric Race Car called the ZAP Alias - Click Image for Slide Show

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Alias to Take Part in X PRIZE Kick-Off Slated for April 29th at Michigan State Capitol

LANSING, Mich., April 27 — The Alias, a prototype electric sports car from ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP), has qualified for the Shakedown stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE (PIAXP) competition for 100 MPG equivalent and above cars now underway at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The innovative all-electric ZAP Alias will appear this Thursday, April 29th, during kick-off ceremonies for the PIAXP at the Michigan state capitol in Lansing.

Read more at the ZAP Alias Team Page

Preview from ZAP’s Beijing Motor Show Debut

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Futuristic 3-wheeled car at the Beijing Motor Show
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ZAP Electric Truck Displayed at Largest Mall in America

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment
World's largest mall displays an electric truck for Earth Day

Click for slide show: The ZAP Electric Truck is on display at the largest mall in the country, Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Photo Courtesy of Jay Sitter with The Electric Vehicle Store near Minneapolis.

This Earth Day ZAP has some fun photos to share of its XL Truck displayed at the largest mall in America.  Thanks to Jay Sitter, fleet sales manager for The Electric Vehicle Store near Minneapolis.  He sent in these photos of the ZAP electric truck at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Jay and company are pioneers for electric vehicles in the Twin Cities.  They arranged to have a ZAP truck on display for the several weeks near Camp Nickelodeon, the payload of flowers emphasizing the green-ness,  utilitarian value and attractiveness of an all-electric plug-in truck

Jay says the Mall of America gets 40 million visitors a year and the location near the roller coaster gets 40-50 thousand people a month.  The ZAP Truck is part of a “Go Green” theme for the mall, which has gone on for several weeks.  Thanks to Mall of America for showcasing real Eco-solutions in the form of electric vehicles.

The Electric Vehicle Store started in the electric scooter business in July 2007 but that grew to include electric cars and trucks.  They  enjoy helping people learn that plug-in electric vehicles are indeed a reality and are being sold to green and economy-minded businesses, schools and government organizations.  Best wishes to Jay, Carl and the rest at The Electric Vehicle Store.

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ZAP Introduces Electric Taxi at Beijing Motor Show

April 21, 2010 2 comments
ZAP converted a Jonway A380 SUV to Electric Power

ZAP Introduces Electric Taxi at the Beijing Motor Show

Production Set for China

 

BEIJING (April 21, 2010) – ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP), the U.S. electric vehicle pioneer, today introduced its design and engineering expertise to the Chinese media and outlined production plans to bring all-electric vehicles to the Chinese market. The company is displaying its all-electric ZAP Taxi targeting the fleet market as well as its innovative all-electric Alias prototype sports car at the Beijing Motor Show.

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“ZAP is gearing up to meet the need in the China marketplace for high-quality, environmentally friendly vehicles,” said Steve Schneider, ZAP CEO. ”Importantly, as these vehicles are 100% electric, they emit zero pollutants and are very economical to operate when compared to a traditional gasoline powered vehicle.”

Pilot production of the ZAP Taxi is already underway at ZAP Hangzhou, the joint venture in Hangzhou with Holley Group, a global producer of electric power meters. The vehicles will be initially aimed at the Asian market, such as taxi fleets, as well as intra-campus transportation for large corporate, government, military and university campuses. Because of their frequently idling engines, taxis may cause more pollution than other cars. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, an idling engine is 20 times more polluting than one running at 32 mph. “The vehicle integrates the latest AC electric drivetrain and lithium battery system technologies in a freeway-capable EV designed for specific fleet uses,” said Schneider.

The ZAP Hangzhou joint venture and the ZAP partnership with Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co., Ltd. are part of a multi-phase business plan ZAP is implementing to target the China electric vehicle market. ZAP chose the Jonway partnership in part because Jonway produced one of the first vehicles made in China to meet international standards of quality, including ISO 9000, China Compulsory Certification (CCC) and most recently passing certification for import to the European Union. The Taizhou-based automaker markets and sells vehicles in China through a network of more than 600 auto dealerships across China. Jonway has the capacity to produce up to 50,000 vehicles per year currently at its facilities in Taizhou with capacity and support from the government to expand as the business grows.

ZAP introduces its Alias electric sports car prototype at the Beijing Motor Show

The ZAP Alias is competing in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE starting next week.

ZAP’s design of the electric version of Jonway’s A-380 5-door SUV is capable of speeds of 70 mph, with a range of up to 300 km per charge depending on customer specification. “ZAP has more than 15 years of experience in electric vehicle systems integration and sees a growing market for electric fleet vehicles,” according to Schneider.

“Not only will the ZAP Taxi carry 5 passengers, it has considerable luggage space and can be operated for less than .12 RMB per kilometer ($0.03 cents per mile) based on current electricity costs in China. This will provide any fleet user with a competitive edge in typical urban usage.” Schneider said.

About ZAP Hangzhou

ZAP Hangzhou is a joint venture between U.S. electric vehicle pioneer ZAP and the Holley Group, the largest producer of electric power meters in the world. With venture capital backing from Better World international through Cathaya Funds, the goal of the joint venture is to design, manufacture and distribute electric vehicles and infrastructure technology targeting the electric vehicle market in China.

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world’s oldest electric vehicle providers, having delivered more than 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 motor cycles, 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 https://zapglobal.wordpress.com.

Video of typical use of the ZAP Taxi is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLbEW5CfpkM

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ZAP Appoints H. David Jones as Chief Operating Officer

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

SANTA ROSA, California — Electric transportation pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP – News) has appointed H. David Jones as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Jones adds an enhanced level of depth to the ZAP management team in the areas of international sales and marketing, product marketing, product line management, customer services, technical support, and contract negotiation.

H. David Jones, COO of ZAP

ZAP has appointed H. David Jones as its Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining ZAP, Jones was an international consultant to Chevron’s contracting organization in Angola, Africa. He previously held positions in Interwave Communications as Vice President of International Sales where he established International Sales and Technical Support organizations in Hong Kong, Beijing, London and Paris. As Vice President of Marketing there he improved the focus and efficiency of product line marketing through market segmentation, the establishment of product roadmaps and the launching of new products including beta trials, customer training and technical support. He also restructured the technical support organization by redeploying support services to Ireland and China for improved reach and reduced costs.

ZAP CEO Steven Schneider commented, “David has a wealth of critical skills in both sales and international marketing and will play an important role as ZAP implements its strategy of off-shore manufacturing and distribution of affordable electric vehicles through joint ventures and partnerships in China and other countries.”

Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, an MBA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program in the School of Organization and Management at Yale University in New Haven, CT

Jones replaced Amos Kazzaz, ZAP’s previous chief operating officer for the past three years, who will be returning to the airline industry in a senior capacity with an international carrier. Prior to joining ZAP, Kazzaz held a series of management positions at United Airlines in Chicago.

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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 the Company’s products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should consider the risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009, as well as other filings.

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ZAP Media Relations
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Pat Meier-Johnson, 415-389-1700
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ZAP Licenses Electric Car Smart Charger Controller Technology from Battelle

April 14, 2010 5 comments
Engineer Michael Kintner-Meyer with his team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Consumers get economic benefits; grid is protected and uses cleaner cheaper energy when charging during off-peak hours

SANTA ROSA, Calif. and RICHLAND, Wash. – April 14, 2010 – To make electric car charging cleaner and less expensive, industry pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) has licensed the Smart Charger Controller technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology allows customers to minimize the cost of charging electric vehicles by automatically recharging a vehicle’s battery at times of least demand on the grid and subsequently, least cost to the consumer.

Battelle, an international science and technology organization that manages and operates PNNL for the U.S. Department of Energy, also has granted ZAP the right to sublicense the technology to ZAP Hangzhou. ZAP plans to distribute the new technology as part of its electric vehicle business plan, including through its strategic investor and distribution partner Samyang Optics (008080.KS) of Korea.

ZAP licesned Smart Charge Control Technology from PNNL

How it Works: ZAP Licenses Electric Car Smart Charger Control Technology from Battelle.

“We believe this will put us at the cutting edge of charging station technology,” said Samyang Optics CEO, Christopher Kang. “I feel that this technology is one of the most critical pieces to make electric cars viable on a large scale.”

“ZAP believes the patented smart car charging technology is an important feature to ensure the environmental viability of electric cars,” said ZAP Founder and Director of Business Development, Gary Starr.

PNNL publicly announced the Smart Charger Controller technology last year after completing an earlier assessment that showed America’s existing power grid could meet the needs of about 158 million vehicles, or 70 percent of all U.S. light-duty vehicles, if battery charging was managed to avoid new peaks in electricity demand.

“If a million owners plug in their electric vehicles to recharge after work, it could cause a major strain on the grid,” said PNNL engineer Michael Kintner-Meyer. “The Smart Charger Controller technology could prevent those peaks in demand from plug-in vehicles and enable our existing grid to be used more evenly.”

Owners program the controller to charge at a specific time of day or night or at a set price point. The controller uses a low-range wireless technology to communicate with the power grid and determine the best and cheapest time to recharge vehicles. By charging vehicles during off-peak times, the controller saves consumers money and helps maximize the capacity of the electrical grid during periods of peak demand.

A smart electric car charge controller licensed by ZAP.

The PNNL smart charge controller has been licensed by ZAP for its electric car charging program in the US, China and Korea.

Previous PNNL studies with household appliances show that “smart” technologies also save the grid from brown-outs with little impact to the consumer. Grid Friendly™ technology inside the Smart Charger Controller senses stress conditions on the grid. When the grid says more power is needed, the controller can temporarily stop charging the vehicle until the stress subsides.

This instant reduction in charging load, multiplied on a large scale with many vehicles, could serve as a shock absorber for the grid and help to incorporate renewable energy like wind and solar. The technology could relieve load instantly and give grid operators time to bring new power generation sources on line to stabilize the grid – a process that usually takes several minutes.

ZAP intends to use the technology for its electric car charging program in the USA, Korea and through its JV in China, ZAP Hangzhou later in 2010.

About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America’s most intractable problems in energy, national security and the environment. PNNL employs 4,700 staff, has an annual budget of nearly $1.1 billion, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab’s inception in 1965. Follow PNNL on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

A PNNL scientist has patented a new technology for smart electric car charging.

Engineer Michael Kintner-Meyer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped create smart electric car charging control technology

About ZAP Hangzhou

ZAP Hangzhou is a joint venture with Holley Group, the world’s largest volume producer of electric power meters. With backing from venture capital firm Better Worlds International and Cathaya Funds, the goal of the company is to develop electric vehicle and infrastructure technology. With close relationships to public utilities in China, ZAP believes Holley’s leadership will accelerate the adoption of controlled electric car charge technology.

About Holley Group

Holley Group is the parent of Holley Metering Limited, a global leader in electric metering with diversified businesses spanning pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecommunications and IT. Holley employs more than 12,000 people and over 800 R&D personnel worldwide. Headquartered in Hangzhou, Holley operates manufacturing in China, Thailand, Argentina and Uzbekistan. Holley products are sold through offices in major cities throughout China, India as well as South East Asia, and the European markets. For more information, visit http://www.holleymeter.com/en.

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world’s oldest consumer electric vehicle providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of electric vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military and government fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. ZAP supplies 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. For further information visit http://www.zapworld.com.

About Better World International, Ltd.

Better World International, Ltd., funded by Cathaya Funds Company, is a BVI company with headquarters in Hong Kong focused on infrastructure technology and services for electric vehicles. It is focused on joint partnerships with the power grid companies in China to build out the recharge station networks for the electric power infrastructure for electric vehicles, and on opportunities with companies that provide the core technologies to enhance electric power train conversion and support of fast charging stations.

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 the Company’s products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should consider the risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009, as well as other filings.

Media contacts:

Pat Meier-Johnson
Pat Meier Associates Public Relations, for ZAP
415.389.1700
patmeier@patmeier.com

Annie Haas
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
509.375.3732
anne.haas@pnl.gov

Company Contact:
ZAP
Alex Campbell
707-525-8658 x 241
acampbell@zapworld.com

ZAP CEO Steve Schneider Named Vice Chairman of Samyang Optics

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

SANTA ROSA, CA–(04/13/10) – Steve Schneider, CEO for electric vehicle pioneer ZAP (OTC.BB:ZAAPNews) has been named Vice Chairman of Samyang Optics Co., Ltd. (Kospi: 008080.KSE) to support their entry into the electric vehicle market.

ZAP and Samyang Optics meet with officials in China.

ZAP CEO Steve Schneider (right) has been named Vice Chairman of Samyang Optics, shown here from a recent meeting in China with Samyang CEO Christopher Kang, M.D. (second from right) and officials from the Hangzhou Government.

The appointment of Steve Schneider to the post of Vice Chairman by Samyang Optics follows several joint business activities between ZAP and Samyang Optics to distribute electric vehicles in Korea. The two companies have formed a distribution partnership to sell and potentially manufacture ZAP vehicles in Korea. Samyang recently placed an order for 100 of the new electric SUVs being developed by ZAP and Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd. of China. Recently, Samyang Optics sponsored the ZAP Alias and SUV in the first-ever Korea EV Challenge.

“Steve Schneider has extensive auto industry experience, particularly in electric vehicle integration,” said Samyang Optics CEO, Christopher Kang, M.D. “This appointment as Vice Chairman signifies our commitment to the electric vehicle business venture with ZAP.”

Since 1994, ZAP has delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles to more than 75 countries. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs.

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. For further information visit http://www.zapworld.com.

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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CONTACTS:

ZAP
Pat Meier-Johnson
Pat Meier Associates Public Relations, for ZAP
415.389.1700
patmeier@patmeier.com 

ZAP Communications
Alex Campbell
707-525-8658 x 241
acampbell@zapworld.com

Corvallis, Oregon resident’s ZAP car powered by sun

April 7, 2010 1 comment
Corvalis, Oregon resident owns a ZAP electric car

Forty-four-year-old Corvallis resident Jonathan Carroll is living the low-impact lifestyle, which includes driving a ZAP electric car.

It’s always great to read about how ZAP customers are using their vehicles.  Here’s a great article from the Gazette Times out of Corvallis, Oregon about Jonathan Carroll who plugs his ZAP car into his solar home.  Oregon has been a hot-bed of electric car early adopters.  Here’s a real-life story of someone who is getting paid big dividends to live a simpler lifestyle.  “Unlike many homeowners, he paid off his mortgage on his 40th birthday – a personal goal – and it costs him precious little to maintain it. The home – like much in Carroll’s life – is powered by the sun,” according to the article.  Carroll says he never has to pay for electricity and reportedly generates four times the amount he needs.  Detractors often say that electric vehicles simply replace your tailpipe for a power plant and that they aren’t necessarily “zero emissions,” but Carroll here is a living, breathing example of how we can strive to push towards the ideal of driving on zero emissions.

Read More in the Corvallis, Oregon Gazette-Times

Watch ZAP in First Leg of Korea Electric Vehicle Challenge

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Follow ZAP as it drives in the Korea Electric Vehicle Challenge with partner and sponsor Samyang Optics. For the first time ever, the ZAP Alias and SUV appear in an on-road demonstration, a 220 km freeway rally in Korea at speeds of 80 kph.  The multistage event included three rest and recharge stops.

It’s been challenging to obtain the final results about this first-time event organized by the Korean government.  With close ties to distribution partner Samyang Optics it was decided just a week beforehand that this was an event ZAP could not afford to miss.   A decision was made to use the first drivable prototype of the Alias finished in 2009 equipped with a lead-acid battery pack for demonstration purposes.  The SUV was still in process, a prototype model using an economical drive train designed with a lithium battery pack for mid-range electric fleet applications.

ZAP is extremely pleased with the results.  In the cold weather and uphill climb of the first leg, the Alias and SUV performed exemplary.  Even with lead-acid batteries the Alias made it to the first checkpoint at 54 km and “stole the show” according to an eye-witness.  Another Alias prototype is now road testing lithium batteries and ZAP is looking forward to testing their performance in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage May 2-8 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Alias stopped at the first checkpoint, but reports indicate the SUV recharged for 1.5 hours and continued on in the challenge.  It recharged again for 1.5 hours at the second rest stop and another .5 hours before having to stop at the 200 km/120 mi mark of the 220 km course.  It has not been reported how the other two Korean vehicles performed in the rally.  ZAP feels this is an excellent performance for the SUV in its first public demonstration with having only a week to prepare beforehand; the entire design/build team is to be commended.  The economically-sized lithium battery pack recorded an impressive display.

Results will be updated as they become available, but organizers stated the goal of the event was to demonstrate electric vehicles, not test the limits of their performance. Reports indicate that more than a dozen different electric vehicle companies participated in parades and an exhibition.  The event was organized 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.  Thanks to Steve for getting this great footage of the first leg back to the states. And Congratulations to Aubre Decker for driving the Alias on the first leg and the SUV for the remainder of the Challenge.

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