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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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Film Answers that Question as Electric Cars Start Arriving in California Showrooms
Just as 100% Electric cars start arriving in Northern California showrooms, a timely documentary film “What is the Electric Car?” will have its Santa Rosa Premiere on Thursday, February 17th. The film will screen at 7pm at Summerfield Cinemas.
The movie runs 75 minutes and several of the “star cars” from the film will be in attendance! Several cast members will also be on hand after the film including Santa Rosa resident Ginny Medeiros along with a few of the producers who will do a short Q & A after the special screening. Santa Rosa is the 8th tour stop of the popular film which is touring the country as the producers hope to educate current drivers and dispel common “myths” and misconceptions about electric cars to those including students already driving and to those getting their driver’s license for the 1st time.
The film answers the many questions millions have about the new electric cars. This timely feature film contains insightful interviews with key manufacturers, vendors, drivers & pioneers in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry predicted to explode over the next 12 months and create thousands of jobs as new cars like the Chevy VOLT and Nissan Leaf join the ZAP EVs arriving in California showrooms this month. Viewers will likely consider these new EVs (which plug into a 110 outlet & don’t use a drop of gasoline or oil), before purchasing their next car. Warren Buffet has quoted: “All cars will be electric in 20 years”.
Many celebrities contributed to this “green themed”, enlightening film including Jay Leno (who let producers in his garage to film his 1908 Baker Electric), Ed Begley, Jr.
(filmed at the ‘Go Green Expo’), and “Baywatch” star and EV activist Alexandra Paul who hosted a behind the scenes chapter for the DVD to be released this spring. Renowned Artist Romero Britto (www.Britto.com) spent 2 months painting the world’s 1st BRITTO TM electric car (a Tango T-600 Commuter Car), and Chábeli Iglesias just signed on to host the film’s Spanish language version of the film which will be available for Latin American and Spanish speaking markets later this year.
The film has already screened in several cities including Miami Beach, Orlando, & West Palm Beach, Florida and most recently in Santa Monica, Hollywood & Santa Barbara, California including a star studded west coast premiere at the famous Egyptian Theatre. Producers are now planning at least 25 more theatrical screenings as well as special educational screenings at elementary and high schools around the state before taking the film back east to New York and then on to Barcelona, Spain.
The film was shot on locations around Michigan, California, Florida, including Jay Leno’s Garage, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Int’l. Detroit Auto Show & the Henry Ford Museum. The film makers are now doing weekly giveaways (DVDs, t-shirts, etc.) and just today announced another contest from ZAP (one of the film premiere’s sponsors – based in Santa Rosa) to hold its second contest to give away a FREE Electric Car to one of the film’s lucky FaceBook friends! Media inquiries and press requests may contact publicist Bill Hooey at BillHooey@earthlink.net.
- Print Flyer for Santa Rosa Showing – Click Here
- Why we like “What is the Electric Car?” Documentary
- Photos from the Hollywood Premiere
More information contact: Ginny Medeiros, 707-525-8659 x 295 or Alex Campbell, 707-525-8658 x 241
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.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (December 17, 2010) – Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) this week began project planning with the government of Shanghai’s Yangpu District to develop a Green City Zone in Yangpu’s downtown area, a university and research hub that is home to 1.24 million people. Based on an MOU partnership agreement signed in San Francisco on November 19, 2010, the project plans to reduce carbon emissions in Yangpu using electric vehicles (EVs) for its public transportation while installing an EV charging infrastructure, battery swap-out stations and maintenance support centers.
The partnership agreement with Yangpu government is a direct result of Governor Schwarzenegger’s trade delegation to Shanghai in September this year, sponsored by the Bay Area Council, and is one of the first formal initiatives between the two regions.
Party Secretary Chen Yin attended the signing ceremony in San Francisco on November 19, 2010. At the ceremony, Party Secretary Chen said that improving air quality, “green” urban mobility and development of clean energy infrastructure are some of the key initiatives of Yangpu in the next few years. He indicated that this agreement shows the beginning of growing ties between two of the world’s leading technology innovation centers, Yangpu and the Bay Area, especially in the development of clean technology. Within the 24 square mile district of Yangpu there are 14 universities surrounding the Knowledge Innovation Center (KIC), a technology community that includes Fudan University and Tongji University, making this area one of the leading research centers in China on Clean Tech.
“New plug-in vehicle technologies from ZAP, together with Jonway’s cost effective manufacturing in China, will accelerate the implementation of our Green Project with Yangpu. This truly bridges the best aspects of both the US and China, leveraging the strengths of the technological innovation in the Bay Area and Yangpu,” said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider.
According to the framework of the partnership, ZAP will provide an electric car charging infrastructure, battery swap out stations, as well as EV maintenance and repair depots in Yangpu. ZAP will work with Yangpu’s government agencies, local universities, and private corporations on plans to further expand zero-emission transportation in the city.
“We have just started the initial planning of this long term project. The hard work of implementation and operations is ahead of us. We believe that the project planning and resourcing will be a yearlong process. We are pleased to be part of Yangpu’s Green Project and share Party Secretary Chen Yin’s vision and commitment to delivering his objectives,” says ZAP Chairman Dr. Priscilla Lu.
To execute these plans and better access the Chinese market, ZAP Jonway will open its EV sales and operations office in the Yangpu District and plans to establish its research and development engineering center in the district to take advantage of the university communities.
Based in Santa Rosa, ZAP has been a pioneer in the electric vehicle industry since 1994, engaging in the design, development, commercialization and distribution of 100% pure electric vehicles and power systems, and delivering a wide range of vehicle designs to consumers and fleet customers in the United States and international markets for sixteen years. The company supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and offers personal transportation products including electric motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and some of the only electric city-speed vehicles in production today. ZAP is also developing a freeway capable electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias that was a finalist in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.
Jonway is the trade name of Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co., Ltd., an automobile manufacturer based in Taizhou, Zhejiang, China that currently produces several thousand units per year of two SUV models, the A380 3-door and the A380 5-door. Built in 2009, Jonway’s modern 3.6 million square foot factory on 141 acres is ISO9000 certified and has the capacity to produce up to 30,000 units per year. It employs over 800 workers and distributes its vehicles in China through 80 factory direct dealers and hundreds of factory authorized dealers. Jonway Auto is a subsidiary of Jonway Group, which has been a leader in the manufacturing of motorcycles, ATVs and related products for more than 20 years.
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We enter an historic time with real, mainstream electric cars poised to come to market. Still, there seems to be a great deal of confusion and controversy around them, which is one reason why we like the new documentary premiering in Hollywood on December 14, “What is the Electric Car?” but not the only reason.
NEW! – Slide Show from Premiere
We really like “What is the Electric Car?” because our very own Ginny is one of the stars of the film. Yes, THE Virginia (Ginny) Scales-Medeiros, mother of two, entrepreneur, inventor, auto maven and electric car proponent extraordinaire.
The story of how Ginny earned a role in the documentary “What is the Electric Car?” is somewhat ironic. Ginny is perhaps the most outgoing, gregarious person we work with, and the perfect person to help represent ZAP for its Detroit Auto Show debut. 2010 was the very first year that Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) hosted a display dedicated to electric cars called “Electric Avenue.” ZAP was invited to display its Alias electric car in Detroit as part of the lead-up to the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.
Now, working an auto show is tough, but Detroit is a doozy, running for two weeks. We were confident in Ginny though, and naturally she came out a champ, fielding inquiries for ZAP, helping make valuable connections and introducing ZAP to Motor City. It was during the show that we met up with Scott duPont, Cam MacGregor, and Ken Grant, producers from the documentary “What is the Electric Car?” walking around the show gathering material for the up-coming film. He came by the X PRIZE booth and arranged an interview with ZAP executive Eric Peterson who also appears in the documentary. He gave them a quick update on the company and the ZAP Alias and they were off to meet with other electric car experts and we thought that was the end of it.
Little did we know, the producers were on a quest to find “real electric car owners.” There were a host of people representing electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show, but only a very few who actually owned one and used it on a daily basis. Leave it to Ginny to find this out, not on the show floor, but during the complimentary continental breakfast at the Holiday Inn, Detroit.
According to Ginny, she remembers walking out of the elevator still wearing her pajamas and feeling embarrassed when she noticed Scott duPont wearing his usual smart, show-biz attire. She was eating breakfast and it was somewhat busy, but she overheard duPont saying he was looking for someone who actually drives an electric car, and being Ginny, she spoke up immediately.
“I drive an electric car,” she interjected.
You probably had to be there, but she laughs when she remembers the look the producers gave her.
“They looked at me in my pajamas like I just got out of bed with this expression, as if to say, ‘Yeah, right.’ They must have thought I was one of those groupies who will say anything to get a part in a movie.”
“You mean you’ve driven one?” duPont asked.
“‘No, I have nothing else but an electric car.’ I could tell they were skeptical at first. But I told them my whole story.”
Ginny told the producers all about how she started driving an electric car. She was just winding down from promoting her own product and was offered a job by ZAP’s CEO Steve Schneider who had worked with her in the past and had known her for over 20 years. In 2007, she started checking out the Xebra truck and tried a lease on one from ZAP. She was also driving a Mercedes S Class, but quickly realized she could save a lot of money by driving electric while meeting 95% of her daily driving, putting 600-800 miles per month in it. She also checked out PG&E’s E-9 Meter Program for electric car owners, which helps her get a discount on her utility bill. One of the perks of having the E-9 meter is that she is charged a lower rate during off peak hours and she estimates saving $100 or more a month on her overall utility bill. Subtract that from her lease and insurance, she estimates the Xebra is only costing her about $20 a month with the savings from the E-9 program. The insurance is so much less because the Xebra is classified as a low-speed motorcycle. She realized she could rent a gas car if she needed to take an extended trip, but even if she rented a car three times a month, it was still cheaper than the Mercedes, which she estimates was costing about $1,000 a month.
“This has become my main message to people about switching to an electric car,” says Ginny. “It’s fun helping people learn about electric cars and I also educate businesses when I drive around Santa Rosa and ask to plug in. People say, ‘How much is that going to cost me?’ When I reply, ‘Maybe 15 cents,’ they do a double-take, but when I show them how my old Mercedes was costing me $1,000 per month and a ZAP Xebra only $20 a month, they really start to get it. Also, I tell people that they don’t have to wait for electric cars; there are many affordable electric vehicles already on the market. That’s my main message.”
At this point, duPont was probably realizing that he had found what he was looking for, and an even rarer breed at that, someone that only drove an electric car. He asked for photos and video of Ginny with her electric car. He asked if he could see copies of her PG&E utility bill and information about the E-9 meter. He asked if he came to visit, would she show him her electric car.
Recently we learned that Ginny has a prominent role in the film, which includes some 50 electric car owners with their stories. With the film due to premier in Hollywood next week, Ginny is excited that she will be appearing, partly from a personal standpoint in educating people about electric transportation, but also because it helps ZAP.
“I’m proud to be a part of ZAP. I love living a simple, healthy lifestyle and ZAP has helped me accomplish this. I love being an entrepreneur, educating people about a better way to drive and making a difference for society. Working for ZAP let’s me do all that, and drive electric cars. It’s fun!”
One of our employees, Jeff Gettys, caught the preview screening last month and said it was great. The rest of us are looking forward to seeing it, not to mention Ginny, who is planning on attending the Hollywood Premier on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Historic Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Ginny hasn’t stopped there. Now, she is talking to the producers about holding a showing of “What is the Electric Car?” in ZAP’s home town of Santa Rosa. Stay tuned, and please support the wonderful makers of the documentary by visiting the Official Website at http://www.whatistheelectriccar.com/ for ticket and DVD sales.
And don’t forget. If you use Facebook, you can enter to win a 100% electric car that will be given away December 14 simply when you ‘Like’ the Fan Page for “What is the electric car?”
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.
To learn more, visit the ZAP website at www.zapworld.com
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