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September 25th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

ZAP’s electric XEBRA (colorful photos)

Leading the pack in innovation, ZAP has produced an all-electric vehicle designed to address the need for gas-free alternatives with multi-purpose city driving, from industrial fleets to commuting. Called the XEBRA PK, the three-wheeled ZAP seats two with a multi-purpose platform behind the passenger compartment that serves as a hauler, dump truck or flatbed. Selling for less than US$10,000, the XEBRA PK will debut before California regulators participating in the 2006 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Technology Symposium in Sacramento, September 25-27. ZAP Chairman Starr cited a study that showed more than a third of new car buyers in California would buy an electric vehicle if that vehicle were priced close to a gasoline vehicle and offered similar functionality.

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Officials with the Company say they had test-marketed a single passenger version, but feedback told them a two-passenger version would be more versatile.

"This vehicle is the result of more than 30 years of research in the EV field," said ZAP’s Gary Starr, a founder of the company. "Based on what we are hearing from consumers and ZAP dealers, we believe the potential for the XEBRA PK would be bigger than for the sedan version. It serves a multitude of functions and we feel it is truly unique in the marketplace, a market previously untapped in the auto industry."

"Green Car Institute’s study put to rest the contention that there is no market for electric vehicles," said Green Car Institute President Ron Cogan. "The challenge is that the new car market is price and feature sensitive, and that created a disconnect with most EV models marketed in the recent past. They were very expensive to manufacture — mostly because of their battery packs and small build numbers — and almost all were available for lease only. Survey respondents wanted affordable EVs they could buy… they just didn’t exist. Six years after the study, gas prices are even more of an issue for consumers and this potential EV market remains."

That market is presenting itself with the introduction of the XEBRA and the XEBRA PK. ZAP dealer Larry Dye of Electric Wheels in Salem, Oregon said, "I’ve already sold over 25 of the XEBRAs, but I’ve sold four XEBRA PKs sight-unseen. It has many more uses: it’s a great commute vehicle; it’s also a hauler; a dump truck; it folds down to be a flatbed; it can be a ranch or farm vehicle; or an economical fleet vehicle. I’ve got several businesses that can’t wait to go for their first test drive. We’ll have a whole herd of XEBRAs and PKs running around Salem before you know it."

Starr noted that ZAP has talked to many cities that are interested in replacing their gas powered parking enforcement vehicles. Several businesses have inquired about inter-campus transportation and even bridge districts have requested vehicles like it.

ZAP will be showing the XP at this year’s San Francisco International Auto Show at the Moscone Center starting Saturday, November 18th.

ZAP stands for Zero Air Pollution®. ZAP was founded on September 23, 1994 during an era when government and industry were debating how to solve our growing transportation problems. ZAP forged ahead with a bold, grass-roots marketing campaign and innovative products like its zero-emission ZAP® electric bicycles and ZAPPY® folding electric scooters that were cost-effective and practical for world markets. Today, while major automakers are all but abandoning efforts to build and market fuel-efficient vehicle technologies, ZAP is moving forward with an aggressive campaign to stay at the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies, including fossil-fueled drive trains, hydrogen, electric and other innovative power systems. ZAP is also investing in advanced energy solutions, utilizing advanced batteries and innovative fuel cell designs.

In the process of building ZAP, the Company has pioneered a growing niche for alternative transportation, while sparking the emergence of a billion-dollar global industry. In 1995, ZAP was one of the first companies in the world to market electric transportation on the Internet via its website ZAPWORLD.COM. In 1996, ZAP initiated a $3.25 million Direct Public Offering, one of the first companies in history to do its own IPO on the Internet. ZAP continued to add to its product line; in 1999 ZAP added electric motorbikes; in 2001 it added electric dive scooters; in 2003 ZAP announced its first electric automobiles, including the first-ever production electric automobile imported from its manufacturing partner in China; in 2004 ZAP introduced electric ATVs and the fuel-efficient Smart Car.

Today, ZAP is a one-stop portal for a diverse lineup of quality, affordable advanced automotive technologies. ZAP has delivered more than 90,000 vehicles to customers in more than 75 different countries. ZAP is dedicated to high technology research and development, and owns many patents and trademarks. ZAP is the only recognized brand name in electric transportation and has been acknowledged as an industry leader by Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Industry Week and Advertising Age Magazine.
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Xebra Specs

Speed: Up to 40 mph (65 km/ph)
Range: Up to 40 miles (65 km)
Charger: Onboard 110 Volt AC
Motor: DC
Seating: Up to 4 (Max 500 lbs.)
Battery: Gel Cell
Classification: 3 wheel motorcycle (Zero Emission Vehicle)
Dimensions: 10’ Length (290 cm) x 4.66’ Width (142 cm) x 5.05’ Height (154 cm)
Options: Upgraded Radio/CD, Color, Leather Seats
Colors: Ocean Blue, Zebra Flash, Kiwi Green and Lipstick Red


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