The ZAP Alias Electric Car

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Slide Show from the Hollywood Premiere for the Documentary “What is the Electric Car?”

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The ZAP Alias electric car at the Hollywood Premiere for the documentary "What is the Electric Car?"

A mini car show broke out at the Hollywood Premiere for the documentary "What is the Electric Car?"

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December 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

POLL: Should an electric car be quieter or noisier?

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At ZAP we are continually educating people about the many benefits of all-electric vehicles, chiefly that they’re quieter than internal combustion. Now we are reading that blind activists are lobbying for a law that electric and hybrid cars must make more noise. The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill to study if electric and hybrid cars are unsafe to the blind and pedestrians because they are so quiet. But not all blind people agree with this statement, according to Edmunds.com: “It would be better for everyone if all the cars were quieter,” says blind advocate Brian Bushway. Watch the video above to see how much noise electric cars make, and please take our poll whether you think they should make more noise. Edmunds.com InsideLine

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December 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

ZAP Provides Update on Jonway Automobile Acquisition

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Jonway Auto plans production of Alias by third quarter 2011 at Sanmen, China factory

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Nov 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP (Stock Symbol: ZAAP) completed its initial down payment of US$10 million towards the 51% acquisition of Jonway Automobile. Jonway Automobile plans to complete an audit of its financial statements by December 31, 2010 and thereafter, ZAP intends to finalize the acquisition with the payment of the US$19 million balance of the US$29 million purchase price.

The Logo for Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd.Jonway Automobile reported sales of over 4,000 gasoline vehicles through the end of September 2010, and projects total sales of over 6,500 vehicles by December 31, 2010. Jonway Automobile reported that wholesale sales prices of the vehicles averaged US$10,000. Jonway Automobile projects year-end revenues for 2010 to increase more than 40% compared to last year with its current gasoline vehicle product line. Jonway Automobile reports that it is debt-free, cash flow positive and able to finance its gasoline product revenue growth at the same rate for 2011.

Under the new equity structure, Jonway Automobile will be 51% owned by ZAP, and 49% by its original parent Jonway Group. This equity ownership transfer was approved by the Chinese government on October 3, 2010. Jonway Automobile plans to ramp up production of the A380 SUV electric vehicle (EV) in the first half of 2011 together with ZAP’s Alias EV by third quarter 2011 at their Sanmen, Zhejiang factory. By combining Jonway Auto’s ISO 9000 manufacturing facilities, capable of delivering over 50,000 vehicles per year, with ZAP’s EV technologies, products and expertise, the company aims to lead the emerging EV fleet market in China.

Read More at ZAP Global Blog

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November 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Bring Me a Dream – A ZAP Alias Electric Car

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Big Thankz to a friend of ZAP for making this wonderful video. ZAP engineer Frederic Marangone has a friend in Los Angeles that offered to make a promo reel of the Red/Black ZAP Alias in association with Retainer Films. It was shot while the Alias was down shooting the webisode with Flo for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. Sweet dreams!

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October 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

ZAP Alias Electric Car Fan Video from Toledo

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I do believe that this is the first video of the white ZAP Alias X PRIZE competition vehicle to air on YouTube back in May.  The ZAP Alias fan who made this must have seen it driving around Toledo, Ohio immediately before the Shakedown for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.  Speedway Tire & Auto let us use their racing shop on turn 4 of the Toledo Speedway to do some last minute fine-tuning and this must have been in one of the nearby neighborhoods.

Put yourself in their shoes.  Imagine seeing a totally exotic electric car whizzing down a quiet Midwest road at night with its single, bright LED headlight, probably a lot like a UFO sighting.  This person must have done what any self-respecting person would have, pulled out their video camera.  The next best thing always seems to be, you guessed it, a camera phone.

Well, after months of anticipating the revelation of this car at Michigan International Speedway for Shakedown, to say that we were somewhat disappointed that someone leaked our new car was an understatement. But in retrospect, it’s all good.  We have a good idea who made this video, and Sean, all we have to say to you is: nice work!  Excellent song selection.  Keep on doing those cool card tricks and making creative videos.  Bezt!

124 MPGe ZAP Alias Electric Car Earns BorgWarner Innovation Award

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Click Image for Slide Show from BorgWarner Innovation Award Ceremony

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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The Great Hand Car Regatta and the ZAP Ale Car

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If anyone was wondering what is the Great Hand Car Regatta, well, here is a video collection of some of the more fabulous entries. Hand cars are the human powered train cars from a bye-gone era and you’ll see some of the traditional kind, but mostly some new-fangled kinetic sculptures based on hand cars. In the words of the Public Address announcer, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about showing up, and many of the hand cars that turned out were feats of imagination. In fact, the competition is almost a sideline of the main event, people watching. The costumes, sculptures, entertainment and music are a feast for the senses.

Also included is a first-hand account on team ZAP and the Alia… I mean Ale Car. No, it’s not an Ale-powered car, it’s a pedal powered car, the creation of ZAP machinist Ben Conrad and ZAP founder Gary Starr. Also thanks to other volunteers Justin, Brad, Craig, Ricky and Frederic for building the car in their spare time. Did we forget anyone? Well, the ZAP Ale Car was highly celebrated, but lost out in the semi-finals, apparently throwing a chain. Good job battling the heat, the junk parts and the wildly dressed crowds. “More grueling than the X PRIZE,” says team leader Gary Starr. Better luck, next year ZAP!

See more sights and sounds from the Great Hand Car Regatta at http://handcar-regatta.com/.

Musical credit to the great Scott Joplin and his “Maple Leaf Rag” http://ia341329.us.archive.org/2/item…

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October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm