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  1. February 26, 2010 at 5:31 am

    when is our goverment going too help?

    • February 26, 2010 at 6:37 am

      Our US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is a nice lady. Maybe she’ll throw us a bone?

      ZAP has actually sold XL trucks to the US government and military, and they must like them because they have re-ordered, so we are definitely thankful for that. ZAP has had a loan application in with the Department of Energy for $200 million to build a factory through the economic development project in Franklin, Kentucky; the application was turned in over a year ago. $200 million is fairly small compared to $500 million loans that were approved for Tesla and Fisker each, not to mention the $1billion+ figures allowed for Ford and Nissan. All we ask for is a fair chance, and the fact that we have been building electric vehicles for 16 years now with over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles, exported to 75 countries, if that doesn’t underscore our dedication and commitment to this technology, I don’t know what does. Should government even play that role of choosing to help some companies over others, or should they provide tax incentives to companies and consumers that support their long-term policies? What do you think?

  2. Ginny Medeiros
    April 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    How about a walk, Seymour? or a ride in my ZAP Xebra

    • April 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      ROFL, I mean rolf. I like to eat Xebra, not the horse, the car.

    • January 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I have been following Zap for four years now. I wondered why I had not heard much about the Kentucky auto deal, it was sure hot a little over a year ago. I think it is a shame that the United states Government has not helped ZAP and us common hard working Americans as much as they should. Electric automobiles and cycles are well on there way and it has been long over due. You guys should call the Wisconsin Governors office. Wisconsin is wheeling and dealing to get companies to come to Wisconsin. We have the old General Motors plant that was just overhauled a few years ago, just sitting empty in Janesville Wisconsin. The X GM plant has the railroad system and it is next to the interstate system. Their are a lot of people that were let go from GM that have excellent experience on working on cars that would love to work for ZAP on electric cars. I bet you could be making American electric automobiles or anything else electric with in 6 Months. People up hear in Wisconsin are known for their quality of work and they are compassionate loyal hard workers.

      Sincerely, Richard S Boyes

      • January 19, 2011 at 2:25 am

        Thank you for contacting us about this. There are a lot of internal politics to these government grants, and I can only speculate as to what is happening there. I think the best way to treat politics like this is to voice your opinion to your government representatives. Lynn Woolsey, our local U.S. Congresswoman, put in a good word for us and has even toured our facilities to learn more about what we are doing… she allowed us to film her visit.

        We have written to the government and asked others to write to them on our behalf. We have even gone to the DOE and showed our Alias there, with the help of the X PRIZE.

        I share your feelings and I think if anyone deserves government support it’s ZAP, who has been committed to electric transportation for over 16 years.

  3. Dave
    April 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Will there be any news coming soon about what ZAP is currently doing?

    • April 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for asking. This blog was started to help improve communications. These are interesting times in electric vehicles. So many fascinating developments it would be difficult to know where to begin. Review info on ZAP Hangzhou JV, Jonway Auto, USPS, X Prize Alias, fleet sales. Stay tuned here.

  4. Ashley Wilson
    April 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Is ZAP concerned about it’s stock value? I see it is currently at $0.30 cents.

    • April 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      ZAP is a public company, which is a big responsibility, and we have thousands of shareholders to answer to. Building long term value for our shareholders is very important to the company and if you are a concerned investor, contact ZAP’s investor relations at 707-525-8658. They can answer questions, gives tours, talk about our vehicles and our business plans going forward.

  5. Janine
    June 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Since the ZAP taxi was shown to Arnold Schwarzenegger in California, will ZAP try to sell the taxi in the US? Also was there any interest by California to use ZAP vehicles while the taxi was introduced a few days ago?

    • June 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      Thankz for asking. We’ll let people know if anything significant happens with the Governor or with the US. He is definitely aware of what we are doing and met with Steve in China back in 2008. Politics can be ruff. Write your local, state and federal representatives to push for more electric vehicles in US fleets.

  6. July 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Government is helping but probably they are doing wrong 🙂

  7. alex
    August 4, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Will the ZAP suv be sold in the US? Also is ZAP considering trying to get the ZAP X made which was dropped years ago? I know a lot of people liked that car curious if that project will ever be re-introduced.

    • August 4, 2010 at 2:14 am

      Time will tell if the ZAP SUV will be sold in the US. This venture is still in the formative stage and the initial plans call for an electric SUV to be sold in China to the fleet market. The ZAP-X never got off the ground because the company decided that it was going to be too expensive and looked more to the Alias. When the new SUV project came up it has conjured some discussion of whether to pursue electric SUVs on that level again. I think it is premature to delve into this because the venture is so new, but there are certainly a lot of potential and many possibilities. Thank you for your interest.

      • alex
        August 4, 2010 at 6:38 am

        Where is ZAP at with the suv project?

      • August 5, 2010 at 2:17 am

        The last significant news regarding this was related to the Jonway acquisition agreement, which is available on this blog. Work is underway to find ways of increasing production and raising market awareness, along with all the other discussions around the new venture, so the best I can say is stay tuned.

  8. Alex Callahan
    August 17, 2010 at 4:48 am

    How is the electric postal truck service project with the USPS going? Haven’t heard anything about it in months.

    • August 18, 2010 at 2:31 am

      Coming along fine. As previously announced it would be completed this summer and delivered to the USPS for a demonstration. Stay tuned for any new developments.

  9. Paul Prosser
    August 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    When will I be able to test drive an Alias? How many locations (aprox) will have a demo unit and when?

    • August 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Really it’s going to depend on demand. I’ve got my reservation in:

      The goal is 2011, we have ZAP dealers that have expressed an interest in carrying them so we will be working with them to arrange distribution. You should let your favorite dealer know you are interested so you can have local sales and service support. Thank you for your interest. Bow wow!

    • Paul Prosser
      July 29, 2011 at 6:32 am

      It is again August. I have been on the list for over a year. I ask again, When will I be able to test drive an Alias?

      • July 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

        Thanks for your interest. At the annual meeting of shareholders, ZAP Jonway Chairwoman Priscilla M. Lu, Ph.D, gave an update that the Alias would be proceed following completion of the A380e SUV project. “Production Anticipated by 1H2012 following full production of A380EV”

        Powerpoint Presentation

        Stay tuned for any test drive opportunities.

      • Mike
        July 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

        It looks like it may not even happen, ZAP hasn’t produced a single vehicle to sell in China yet. Meanwhile their stock is crashing due to lack of any information about what is going on.

      • July 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        Actually the acquisition of Jonway Auto this year was not easy to bring about, but puts the company in a better position to produce these vehicles than before. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this happen, which is still underway with much of the focus is in China, which might explain why there is so little recognition here in the USA. Keep in mind, this acquisition includes over 100,000 sq meters of manufacturing space in China and an existing production line of SUVs. The company has also expanded its tech center in Hangzhou under the direction of Tony Nie to work in finalizing production plans of the A380. Obviously the first priority is to leverage the A380 SUV platforms, but the Chairwoman also said that a similar drivetrain can also be used in the Alias and other vehicles. Many meetings and cooperative efforts have happened this year with Remy towards that end, including joint presentations at EVS-25, the most important industry conference for the industry, held in late 2010 in Shenzhen, China, as well as at Auto Shanghai 2011 where the Alias appeared. The Alias also appeared with Al Unser Jr. this year at the Long Beach Grand Prix and drove in the Parade Lap. Meanwhile, our people have been working hard under limited budgets and company officials have been back and forth between the US and China to help make this happen. Many think this industry is so easy, but we believe we have an opportunity to help the company reach a new level and appreciate your continued interest. Remember, this a new company with new management, new ideas, a new direction, and new vehicles. There’s a lot going on and we are always working to build more value for all our stakeholders. We appreciate your honest feedback, so please never hesitate to contact us with your ideas and support.

      • Alex
        August 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

        Can ZAP comment on this comment I found on a forum?

        At the beginning of July ZAP fired all United States employees with no warning or notice. The employees showed up for work after the July 4th holiday to locked buildings that had locks changed. No explaination to employees. A few days later the employees started getting COBRA paperwork. Still no explaination or communication to employees by managment. Employees and customers were left with nothing. Customers are still trying to find out status of pending orders with no reply from ZAP

      • Paul Prosser
        January 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

        Who’s battery was in the Alias during the x-prize competition? I am looking closely at batteries as that is probably the weakest link in any electric vehicle.


      • January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

        (The battery is the heart of the EV, to call it the weak link is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.) The ZAP JONWAY focus has been on cost, so we are working more in a supplier type of relationship working with many battery suppliers that have competitive pricing and performance. The information has not been discussed openly, partly because the industry is a moving target and it’s a big investment to rely solely on one supplier. From a bigger perspective, the cost for these batteries has come down exponentially recently because the industry is starting to hit higher economies of scale. GO ELECTRIC!

  10. Devi DeLavie
    September 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I can not afford to become a Dealer. However, with 30 years worth of advertising and marketing expertise, I know that if I purchased a Zap Xebra, I could easily REFER buyers to you. Is there a program in place whereby I could get a REFERRAL FEE for everyone of those that purchased a vehicle from you? I absolutely KNOW where your primary market for the “city cars” should be and I am interested in generating sales ( and hopefully making my stocks go up).
    My other concern is, if I DO generate sales, can you DELIVER in a timely manner?
    Thanks Seymour.. you’re the only one who seems to read my questions.

    • September 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

      We appreciate your interest. There is a lot more involved in selling cars and other vehicles than meets the eye, so it is a challenge to create this type of sales opportunity. I would give our ZAP sales department a call at 707-525-8658 as a way to get started. ZAP needs more dealers and these dealers need capable sales people, so chances are that the best opportunity would lie in this direction. I would recommend that anyone interested in selling electric vehicles acquire an electric vehicle so they can understand better how they work and what’s involved.

  11. Jessica
    September 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I watched the X Prize Awards and ZAP unfortunately didn’t win. What is next for ZAP? Anything new coming up?

    • September 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Alias takes a Bow Wow! Amazing, incredible exposure while in Washington DC. Displayed along with many of the other X PRIZE cars to a laundry list of who’s who in Government. Had a first-hand showing to the Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, who has the power to approve ZAP’s loan application for Advanced Transportation Vehicle Manfacturing. Met with ZAP’s Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. China has given the approval for ZAP’s acquisition of Jonway, which gives ZAP an entry into China, the largest car market on Earth. Lot’s of potential, lots of work to do, but ZAP is moving ahead. Stay tuned, sign up for our eNewzletter and start using electric vehicles today. Don’t wait. Early adopters will reap the dividends.

  12. Marcus
    October 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    On a press release it said that ZAP will be releasing more updates soon. Any update when those news will be arriving?

    • October 6, 2010 at 12:49 am

      Thank you for following our news. Any significant news will be posted here and will be pushed to your email if you are signed up for the ZAP eNewsletter here…

  13. December 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Yell Jeff I need some zap flyers and videos”where to park my DUDE” to get this charging station that is solar and wind powered. Wednesday 1100 hrs 29 December 2010.

  14. December 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I hope we can hammer out a UNIVERSAL SOLAR ( and a Wind( powered four station Electric Vehicle charging station( using a SAE J177 plug on all 117 California Indian Reservations. Sure hope if I can get a consortium of Investors so that ZAP Alias and others can use the SAME CHARGING SYSTEM

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  15. pat fair
    December 31, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Does anybody know the status of ZAPS loan application with the DOE for the construction of the manufacturing plant in Franklin,KY. ??????????

    • January 1, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Write your congressional representative to support our loan application. See comments above for more. Nothing’s changed. No acceptance, still no rejection. No one deserves it more than ZAP. Thankz for you interest! Happy New Year!

  16. R DeAvilo
    January 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I have been following ZAP for the last few months & would like more up to date information regarding the company. There are a few press releases on the ZAPworld website but there must be much more happening with the company that people would love to know. Is there any way to find out how the vehicle R&D is going or up to date info on how well ZAP/Jonway is doing in China &/or Korea?
    I like the company & would like to now more about it.

    • January 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

      This blog and our social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were established to improve our communications and transparency with the public and shareholders. Please review the material here, which has shown a great deal of progress over the past 12 months in terms of our engineering of the Jonway A380 EV, the ZAP Alias, the US Postal engineering contract, tours by our CEO of all our Santa Rosa Facilities, video clips from the Jonway factory in China. They can all be accessed through various links on this blog. A very good piece from KQED Public Radio aired this week and is posted at the top of our blog.

      If you still have questions, don’t hesitate contact ZAP’s public relations at 707-525-8658 x 241. Thank you for writing to Seymour. WOOF WOOF! Be good.

  17. Dave
    January 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I saw an article that Tesla may produce an suv like when ZAP and Lotus were working together a few years ago.

    Does ZAP have any involvement with Lotus now since you now have manufacturing in China? I don’t understand why ZAP would let an opportunity like getting the “X” suv go to bigger competitor..Any comment and any updates with projects in US?

  18. Jay Dillon
    February 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Is Zap now using, or planning to use, carbon fiber composites for its vehicles? Michelin “Twheels”? advanced electric battery systems such as carbon nanotube electric batteries (with solar photovoltaic vehicle surfaces)? the Deborah C.L. Chung room-temperature superconductor emulator using compressed intersecting carbon fibers/nanotubes? small passenger VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft, in view of the fact that so much of the heavy hardware can be eliminated (large wheels, transmission etc.) for VTOL aircraft? Edwin V. Gray electric engine?

    • April 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      We are using some composite structural designs with the Alias. This is a very exciting field that many experts say can yield large gains in efficiency.

  19. Jan Petersen
    March 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Both interested in the EV industry and the M&A market, I could hardly not notice your merger with Jonway which looks indeed very promising. Living in China, I know that these kind of deals are often hard to be done in this environnement. But you two seemed to do just fine, that is to say the acquisition was both fast and smooth. Is there any chance to have some inside information, or background stories to the deal (aside from the pure facts aspect) ?


    J. Petersen

    • April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Sorry for not responding sooner. I thought it was interesting that the Chinese government approved this deal, which we believe to be the first foreign majority-owned auto factory in China. This shows how important they view EV technology along with their unprecedented incentives for plug-in vehicles.

  20. Devi DeLavie
    April 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Can I still buy a Zapino? Zapworld only list two cars that aren’t in production yet.
    And what about the electric conversion kit for bicycles?
    Thanks you handsome pooch you.

    • April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

      We stopped selling electric bikes as demand fell, but we are reconsidering it with all the changes in the economy and marketplace. Our main vehicle now is the XL truck, but stay tuned here for any new product info.

  21. Devi DeLavie
    April 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Electric bikes are the hottest selling electric vehicle in China and many other places (Advanced Battery Technologies ABAT). Why let go of a proven market seller?

    • April 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      It’s a matter of focus. We have been working to explore niches that few have targeted before, and will continue.

  22. Warren
    May 13, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I have been following the progress of the Alias over the last year
    will ZAP be having Dealers in Australia?? or would you be selling
    to Australia via online


  23. May 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Stay tuned here to our blog as well as sign up for our eNewsletter on our website or here. Availability will depend on demand. The latest projection is that it will go into production some time early in 2012.

  24. tom brockman
    July 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

    is the zap truck street legal in California

  25. Devi DeLavie
    September 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hey Seymore, I hope you DO See More than is on the surface. Please tell me there is no behind the scenes price manipulation to justify an 8-1 reverse split instead of a 4-1. We’re all just hanging on to the belief that ZAP will eventually do something right and become the EV leader it has always had THE POTENTIAL to become. Is this a case of FEAR OF SUCCESS? Or just the weird thrill of the toe pain caused by shooting itself there.

  26. September 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    ML Faiez
    better Place

    work 650-845-2800
    mobile 650-845-2850


    home page

    friend BALI Coordinator for California

    work 1070 Arastradero Road
    Palo Alto, California 97304
    United States

    Note: Fast charging and battery exchange stations
    affiliated with Renault ZE
    FAX 1-650-845-2850
    This Company already has working stations in Tokyo,Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Israel.
    The Company Branch now in Palo Alto, California is waiting until 2014 to start in the United States. 2014 is the same time the Chinese bonds on the United States Treasury will mature.
    Is this part of the stoppage?

    There was an International WEB talk Thursday 1700-1845 hours involving Renault-the electric arm of the Euro Union-Japan- and Israel where this was discussed.
    I wonder if the ZAP is using the SAE J 1772 Universal plug and wether ZAP can adapt to the existing battery exchange system now in Europe with Renault ZE “KANGOO” (vans),”Fluence” (5 passenger sedan), “TWINGO”(sporty version with suicide doors), and the “TWIZZY” (NEV now adapted in London). There is also a convertible for January to be
    released by Renault. Is there a ZAP answer?

    • September 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      We are planning for all relevant connectors including the SAE J 1772. Any detailed inquiries, please direct them to and your inquiry will be directed to various members of our engineering group. Thank you,

  27. afish R Man
    February 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    WTF is with your stock price ??

    my purchase price was $1.02..

    the stock has consistantly gone down..current $.22..

    i am considering asking the SEC to review the company organization and management for “any” SEC violations..

    what is your response ??

    no political S..T !!

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