Engineering TV, the Alias, the Automotive X Prize and ZAP’s Gary Dodd
In January 2010, ZAP for the first time attended Detroit’s world famous North American International Auto Show, which played host to nearly 715,000 attendees from more than 60 countries. ZAP’s sleek, efficient, freeway capable Alias electric car prototype was invited to take part in a new section of the show, Electric Avenue, established to showcase innovations in plug-in transportation.
The Alias was a special guest of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, a competition that continues this April in pursuit for the world’s best 100 MPG equivalent automobile. The exhibit was a major focal point of the 5,000 members from the press that attended the auto show and, of all the vehicles featured by X Prize, organizers said the Alias was the most photographed vehicle of the show.
The Alias received constant attention during the press and public sections of the auto show and ZAP handed out thousands of brochures to interested auto enthusiasts. Not only is ZAP competing in the X Prize with the Alias, they are working to put the Alias into production as quickly as possible to meet growing demand for electric transportation. While the Alias received unprecedented exposure, officials at ZAP say the event was equally important in making key connections with suppliers and distributors from all over the world, including a recently announced venture to produce and sell the vehicle in Korea.
ZAP Manufacturing President Gary Dodd was at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to help show the ZAP Alias electric car prototype. Watch the video above, which has been produced in 2 parts, to catch up on the latest with the ZAP Alias. For more, go to Engineering TV.