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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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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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More Great Auto XPRIZE Videos

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Enjoy more videos from the Automotive XPRIZE featuring shots of the ZAP Alias electric car at MIS as well as interviews from driver Al Unser Jr. and Team Leader Gary Starr.

Shots of all the XPRIZE cars that participated in validation, except for the Alias strangely.

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September 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

VIDEO: ZAP Founder on the Alias Electric Car and XPRIZE

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The Zap Alias won the on-line poll for the most attractive car, but this car is far more than just a pretty face. An efficient and quick three-wheeled side-by-side, this electric vehicle carries a 32 kWh advanced lithium-ion phosphate battery made by one of the largest BEV manufacturers in the US, yet it still weighed in at a modest 2733 pounds. This car showed innovation in both its design and execution, yielding excellent performance and efficiency.

Class: Alternative Side by Side
No. of wheels: Three
Passengers: Two
Drive type: Battery electric, front-wheel-drive
Battery type: 32 kwh, lithium-ion
Charging: 110v or 220v

Thankz for the great video, XPRIZE! Watch more videos at the XPRIZE Foundation YouTube Channel.

ZAP Alias Appears on FOX News

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Fox News Screenshot of Automotive X PRIZE

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Here is a great TV news story from FOX News on the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.  It shows clips of the ZAP Alias and other XPRIZE cars going around the track with an in-studio appearance and commentary by Glenn Renwick, CEO of Progressive Insurance.

“Race of the Century”

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Big Thankz to X PRIZE for posting this video on the final track event for Combined Performance & Efficiency.  It was the most dramatic event of the X PRIZE and our ZAP Alias did amazingly well against some serious competition.  Great Job, ZAP Team and congratulations to our competitors, Aptera, TW4XP, RaceAbout and Li-Ion Motors Wave II.

KCBS News/Talk Radio Interviews XPRIZE Team Leader Gary Starr

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KCBS) _ Santa Rosa-based ZAP, which specializes in electric scooters, bikes and trucks, has reached the finals of the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition.

ZAP Alias XPRIZE Team Leader and ZAP Founder Gary Starr

ZAP Alias XPRIZE Team Leader and ZAP Founder Gary Starr

At stake is not only international recognition, but also a share of a $10 million prize.

The contest began with 136 super-fuel efficient vehicles from 111 teams, all trying to achieve 100 miles per gallon with a production-ready car.

Recorded Radio Broadcast — Click to listen

ZAP founder Gary Starr said their car, the three-wheeled Alias is 100 percent electric.

“This vehicle is very fast at acceleration. It was one of the fastest vehicles at the entire race,” said Starr. “Yet it’s very comfortable and quiet because it’s all electric.”

The teams included emerging startups, entrepreneurs and universities from around the world.

Starr said the competition is now in the final technical testing stage.

“There’s a validation process that includes going into various testing grounds,” he said. “Then they’re going to announce the final winners in September in Washington D.C.”

Starr said they have already proven they have a pretty interesting car that’s ready for the marketplace and in September, if the Alias wins the competition, he said it would just be the icing on the cake.