Technology

Solar electric car a chick magnet? Wall Street Journal Uncovers ZAP Xebra Xero

Out of all things to which electric cars aspire – fighting record oil prices, combating global warming, reducing dependency on imported oil – getting a date was a surprising reason uncovered by The Wall Street Journal. Have electric cars finally become cool? For nearly 100 years electric cars have been derided from the internal combustion automotive circles because they could not match the performance of gas-powered cars. Though history has shown little concern over environmental performance, it seems that high gas prices are finally tipping the scales towards the electric car.

Montana Governor Plugs ZAP Electric Truck for State

HELENA, MT -- Aug 1, 2008 -- Montana officials announced that a city-speed electric truck from California manufacturer ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB) has been purchased by the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, with wife Nancy and Border Collie Jag, first learned about the ZAP Xebra truck and sedan at the Fourth of July Parade in Butte this year.

Former Pirelli North America CEO Says Time Is Right for Electric Vehicles; Announces International Distribution With ZAP

ROME, GA -- Jul 29, 2008 -- Former Pirelli Tire North America president and CEO Gaetano "Guy" Mannino, after a lifetime of association with the auto industry, is speaking out about electric car technologies and his recent business venture with ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB). Mannino's company, Verdek, has agreed to be the distributor for ZAP in the state of Georgia, where Mannino's business is headquartered. However, in an interview this week with www.CEONEWS.tv, Mannino talks about his plans for ZAP in the US and abroad.

CNN: 5 Electric Cars You Can Buy Today

ZAP Xebra Electric SedanZAP Xebra Electric Sedan CNN did a round up of 5 electric cars that are available right now in the US. The five vehicles are an interesting selection, because if you look on the Internet it seems every car company has an electric car that they are already selling or that will come out over the next few years. So which is it? Are these the only five electric cars available right now? Or did CNN leave out a host of other vehicles?

Forbes Magazine: Who is a winner with $4-a-gallon gas?

Needed: A Plug-In HummerNeeded: A Plug-In HummerWho's getting rich off $4-a-gallon gas--and who's feeling the pain? This is a question that Forbes Magazine asked in their Special Investment Guide Issue that hit newstands this June. The article "Needed: A Plug-In Hummer" is an entertaining, yet serious look at the repurcussions of high gas prices. You know times are changing when Forbes gives a nod to the smaller, indpendent car companies like ZAP. The article shows a computer model of the ZAP Alias, an electric sports car being developed by ZAP, and taps ZAP as one of the WINNERS, saying the vehicles "...are looking sexier with every uptick in gas prices." Other winners? Plug-in hybrid kit makers. Losers?

Eqbal Al Yousuf Purchases $1 Million Stake in ZAP's Battery Business

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and SANTA ROSA, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jun 17, 2008 -- Mr. Eqbal Al Yousuf has purchased a 50 percent interest of the Recharge-It-All Battery line of battery systems for mobile electronics from alternative transportation pioneer ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB - News) for US$1 Million ($1,000,000). Mr. Al Yousuf made the $1 million purchase personally following his announcement last week of his intentions. Eqbal Al Yousuf is the President of The Al Yousuf Group and was recently appointed Chairman of ZAP's Board of Directors. According to officials from ZAP and Al Yousuf, samples of ZAP's Recharge-It-All technology have been shipped to Dubai for testing.

Al Yousuf to Acquire 50 Percent Interest in ZAP Recharge-It-All Battery Line

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and SANTA ROSA, CA -- Jun 12, 2008 -- Mr. Eqbal Al Yousuf will acquire a 50 percent interest in the Recharge-It-All Battery line of battery systems for mobile electronics from alternative transportation pioneer ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB). Mr. Al Yousuf was recently appointed Chairman of ZAP's Board of Directors and attended his first board meeting as Chairman on June 2 at ZAP's Santa Rosa headquarters. Mr. Al Yousuf is the President of The Al Yousuf Group, but intends to make his commitment towards ZAP Recharge-It-All his own personal investment.

ZAP Acquires Interest in Electric Wheel Motor Company

SANTA ROSA, CA -- Jun 2, 2008 -- Electric transportation pioneer ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB) announced today that it has acquired an ownership interest in an electric motor company to develop and manufacture a new line of wheel motors for future vehicle developments and global distribution.

Chicago Rolls Out ZAP Solar Electric Car for Catering on Earth Day

Chicago's Sopraffina Marketcaffe to Unveil Solar-Electric Catering Vehicle in Chicago CHICAGO, April 22, 2008 -- Chicago's Sopraffina Marketcaffe today is celebrating Earth Day with the unveiling of a new, first-of-its-kind, 100 percent solar-electric powered catering vehicle. La Grange Park electric car dealer Jessup's Automotive helped bring the vehicle to Chicago as part of a dealer network being formed by ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP).

Gas Prices Hit $4, ZAP Electric Car Deliveries Top 700

MIAMI, FL (April 16, 2008) – Electric car interest is picking up as gas prices push toward record highs, according to US electric car dealers. AP reported that retail gasoline prices rose to a new average national record of $3.386, according to a survey by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Prices were highest in California, where mid-range and higher grades are now averaging more than $4 a gallon.
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