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124 MPGe ZAP Alias Electric Car Earns BorgWarner Innovation Award

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ZAP Alias Electric Car Receives BorgWarner Innovation Award

After years of work put into the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE and being one of only seven of the original 136 vehicles to make it through validation, ZAP is extremely honored to receive an Innovation Award from BorgWarner.  BorgWarner supplied the Alias with its state-of-the-art eGearDrive(r) Transmission Technology.  The system worked flawlessly throughout the competition, helping the Alias run at an impressive 124 MPGe, despite carrying hundreds of pounds of extra safety equipment to enhance its production-readiness.

BorgWarner Innovation Award for the ZAP Alias Electric Car

BorgWarner Innovation Award for the ZAP Alias Electric Car - Click for Slide Show

BorgWarner historically gives this award to recipients and teams within the company.  The ZAP Alias and other X PRIZE vehicles are the first innovators outside of the company to receive an award.

BorgWarner held the event at its Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters.  Thank you to ZAP Sponsor and team member Mike Mills of Speedway Tire & Auto out of Toledo, Ohio for representing ZAP at the event, bringing our ZAPTRUCK XL and ZAPPY3 Scooters for display at the event.  ZAP co-driver Al Unser Jr. was not able to attend the event, but Mike Mills delivered a note on his behalf:

“It’s an honor to be a part of the electric car movement and with ZAP in particular.  When we entered the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, I was surprised to find that the Alias was using a BorgWarner transmission, so I am especially excited to hear that BorgWarner is involved in the electric car movement as well.  I wish I could be there on ZAP’s behalf, but also on the behalf of BorgWarner, because of their long history with the Indy 500.  Thank you.” — Al Unser Jr.

Read more about ZAP’s showing in the Automotive X PRIZE here.  Press Release below.

BorgWarner’s Advanced Technologies Support Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Winner and Two Finalists

BorgWarner’s VTG Turbocharger Technology Boosts Power and Fuel Economy for X PRIZE Winner Edison2
BorgWarner’s eGearDrive® Transmission Drives Finalists Aptera 2e and ZAP Alias

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarner’s variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharging technology boosts the performance and fuel economy for the Very Light Car by Edison2, Mainstream Class winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition. The four-passenger vehicle is fueled by E85 and built with a focus on low weight, high efficiency and superior aerodynamics. Designed to boost the output of down-sized engines, BorgWarner’s VTG turbocharger helped the Edison2 team achieve the performance of a much larger engine, with lower weight and better fuel economy. During the competition, the Very Light Car recorded a total efficiency of 102.5 MPGe (miles per gallon or energy equivalent).

In addition, BorgWarner’s 31-03 eGearDrive® transmission drove two finalists in the Alternative Class for two-passenger vehicles: the Aptera 2e and the Alias from ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP). Both battery-powered electric vehicles benefited from the eGearDrive® transmission’s high-efficiency gear train and compact, low-weight design, which contributes to extended driving range and, in turn, reduces battery capacity requirements. The eGearDrive® transmission achieves greater than 97 percent efficiency, while providing smooth, quiet operation. BorgWarner also provided the thermal management system for the Aptera vehicle’s power electronics and electric motor drive unit. The Aptera recorded 179 MPGe on the X PRIZE test track and 195 MPGe during the event’s dynamometer test. The Alias achieved a total efficiency of 124 MPGe.

ZAP Alias Team Member Mike Mills Accepting Innovation Award from BorgWarner CEO Tim Manganello

ZAP Alias Team Member Mike Mills Accepting Innovation Award from BorgWarner CEO Tim Manganello - Click for Slide Show

“BorgWarner develops and produces technologies that improve fuel economy, enhance performance and reduce emissions in all types of powertrains, including gasoline, hybrid, electric and diesel. The X PRIZE plays a momentous role in promoting innovation, validating results and leveling the playing field to allow consumers to choose the winning technologies for the future,” said Timothy M. Manganello, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. “The innovations born during this competition—big and small—promise to revolutionize the way people travel. BorgWarner is pleased that our advanced technologies helped bring the dreams of these next-generation automotive pioneers to reality. Congratulations to Edison2, Aptera, ZAP and all of the X PRIZE participants.”

To inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles that offer more consumer choices, the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE awarded $10 million to teams that won a multi-stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPGe. A field of 136 vehicles from 111 teams was evaluated for efficiency, safety and performance under real-world conditions. BorgWarner was an official sponsor of the Aptera 2e team.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com.

SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.

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Download ZAP Alias Info Card from XPRIZE Awards Ceremony

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ZAP Alias Electric Car Information

Also available as an Acrobat PDF

About The Vehicle
ZAP’s approach in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE was to create a sleekly styled, 100% plug‐in electric roadster designed in a three‐wheeled configuration, two wheels in front, one in the rear. The 2‐ (optional 3) passenger vehicle employs unique automotive design and manufacturing techniques in order to achieve ZAP’s business goals of practicality and affordability.

Key Innovations:

  • High performance, three‐wheeled design
  • Advanced lightweight motor/ controller
  • Advanced lithium‐ion phospate batteries
  • NASCAR style safety cage/composite construction
  • Production plans are to sell the Alias for approximately $35,000.

About The Team
ZAP is one of the few Teams in the X PRIZE that has experience producing and selling electric vehicles. The ZAP Alias team has a diverse makeup of veteran automotive engineers, seasoned automotive technicians, youthful, enthusiastic talent, electric vehicle pioneers and master automotive craftsmen. Team leader Gary Starr has been working on electric vehicles for more than 35 years, having built his first electric car in college in 1974. Together with Chuck Turney, a master automotive designer and builder with 35 years experience working for the Detroit Auto Industry, Starr and Turney have an ideal blend of leadership for a team building electric cars of the future. Combined with the manufacturing ability of Jonway Auto, ZAP looks poised for rapid growth in the electric vehicle industry. ZAP was founded in 1994 to create an advanced transportation company. In an era when government and industry are debating how to solve our growing
transportation problems, ZAP has been a pioneer in providing cost effective advanced transportation solutions and helping to create a paradigm shift in transportation. In 16 years ZAP has designed, manufactured and shipped over 117,000 electric vehicles, ranging from electric bikes to electric scooters, ATVs, cars, vans and trucks, to over 75 countries.

What Does the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE mean to them?
The timing with the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE could not a better opportunity for ZAP and its plans with the Alias. Meeting competition criteria for the PIAXP and following their guidelines and advice is an asset that far exceeds the investment in the competition. The X PRIZE’s goal of creating an advanced vehicle that could be readily produced was in synch with ZAP’s corporate goal. Design, safety, production, marketability, performance —many of the things the traditional auto industry look at when bringing a vehicle to market—were key areas of focus for the XPRIZE and ZAP in the making of the Alias. The 100+ MPGe is an added challenge that makes the competition a unique opportunity in the history of the auto industry.

MEDIA ADVISORY: ZAP Jonway Alias Electric Car on Display in Washington, D.C. Today

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ZAP Jonway Alias Electric Car by Night in Washington D.C.

ZAP Jonway Alias Electric Car last night in Washington D.C.

100+ MPGe Electric Car in Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Awards Ceremony Followed by Presentation to U.S Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2010) The Alias electric car from ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP) will be participating in two events in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 16, 2010.  From 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, the Alias will be featured as a finalist in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Awards Ceremony at the Historical Society of Washington D.C.  From 2:15 to 2:45 PM the Alias will be presented to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

EVENT 1       PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AUTOMOTIVE X PRIZE CELEBRATION & AWARDS CEREMONY

WHEN:           10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursday, September 16, 2010

WHO:             ZAP Jonway Alias Team Members as well as officials and other teams competing in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

WHERE:        Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street NW at Mount Vernon Square, Washington, D.C.

WHY:              Alias is one of nine finalists for the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for 100 MPGe cars

EVENT 2   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRESENTATION

WHEN:          2:15-2:45 PM (may extend until approximately 3:30), Thursday, September 16, 2010

WHO:             Photo and Interview Opportunity with U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu

                         ZAP Jonway Alias Team Members, X PRIZE Officials

WHERE:        US Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

INFO:             ZAP Jonway Contact: Alex Campbell, acampbell@zapworld.com 

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