2009 Pre-Production ZAP Alias EV review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 26 January 2009 , 16:01:44 byVeronica

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Pre-Production ZAP Alias EV

ZAP will allow dealers to see the pre-production Alia roadster during the National Automobile Dealers Association annual exposition that will take place in January in New Orleans. The model is a 100% electric, 2-seat car capable of freeway speeds. The price will be somewhere under $35.000 and also, the carmaker plans to produce a limited number of hand-crafted, Signature Series Alias roadsters. ZAP currently offers a line of small electric cars capable of developing under 40 mph and trucks under $15.000, but also other electric vehicles. The carmaker has manufacturing partners in China, Europe, South America and the US. Electric vehicles are less expensive to fuel and maintain. Even counting the emissions from the electric power-plants, studies show electric vehicles can reduce automotive emissions by 90% compared with gasoline.

Electric transportation pioneer ZAP (OTC BB:ZAAP.OB) will give auto dealers a first-hand look at its pre-production running Alias roadster during the National Automobile Dealers Association annual exposition January 24-27, 2009 in New Orleans, booth number 4763.

The ZAP Alias from electric car pioneer ZAP will debut to auto dealers January 24-27 in New Orleans at NADA, the National Automobile Dealers Association annual conference and exposition.

The ZAP Alias is a stylish, 100% electric, 2-seater capable of freeway speeds. ZAP indicated the mass-production version of the Alias is targeted to be priced under $35,000. In 2009, ZAP plans to produce a limited number of hand-crafted, Signature Series Alias roadsters.

ZAP Alias Prepares for NADA

"This is a logical progression for the market over the next five years as demand gears up for electric cars," says ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. "Consumer interest indicates there is already a market for thousands of units. Independent research and our own experience tell us the future of the auto industry requires a radical change in thinking and the Alias is uniquely positioned to capture demand for an affordable vehicle of this type."

Schneider says the goals for the ZAP Alias were breathtaking design, freeway speeds, 100-mile range, and an affordable price point. The design is a result of collaboration between ZAP and premier automotive engineering consulting in the United States and Europe. While ZAP has contracted most of its manufacturing to China over the past several years as a way to remain cost-competitive, the company will be building the Alias in the United States. ZAP is currently in negotiation to finalize its production requirements.

ZAP`s Chairman Eqbal Al Yousuf stated that he is very passionate about the future of electric vehicles and is assigning Al Yousuf Group`s COO, Mr. Ashraf Saeed, to oversee project management for the Alias.

Other design goals of the ZAP Alias include rapid 0-60 MPH acceleration, lithium-ion batteries, regenerative braking, composite shell, solar glass, integrated GPS, and "Lambo-style" doors. The Alias is powered by an AC induction motor running at 216 volts.

ZAP currently offers a line of small, 40 MPH electric cars and trucks under $15,000 as well as other electric vehicles. The company operates one of the only EV distribution and service dealer networks in existence with more than 50 dealers throughout the USA. ZAP has taken many vehicles from concept to production since its inception in 1994 and has shipped more than 100,000 electric vehicles to customers in more than 75 countries. It has manufacturing partners in China, Europe, South America and the United States.

Electric transportation has been winning fans. Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache states, "There`s an inherent braking mechanism on our economy that`s tied to oil and will limit our economic growth. This is one of the reasons we`re bullish on electrification of the industry."

Electric vehicles are less expensive to fuel and maintain. Even counting the emissions from electric power plants, studies show electric vehicles can reduce automotive emissions by 90 percent compared to gasoline. Electric vehicles are fun to drive, with quiet, smooth acceleration. Interested buyers can reserve the ZAP Alias now online at www.zapworld.com.



ZAP to Introduce Electric Van and Truck at Nation`s Largest Auto Dealer Expo January 24

To help automotive fleets reduce emissions and operating expenses, electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) will debut a five-passenger, 4-wheel, 100 percent, plug-in electric van at the National Automobile Dealers Association annual conference and exposition, booth number 4763, January 24-27, 2009 in New Orleans.

ZAP`s new Shuttle was designed for passenger transport or cargo. The seats are removable so it can convert into a cargo vehicle with 108 cubic feet and a 900 lb. total carrying capacity. Large slider doors on both sides and a rear lift hatch provide convenient access to the rear compartment, which is weatherproof and secure. At 138 inches, its length is just shy of most mini-vans and at 6 ft 2 inches it has plenty of headroom. The ZAP Shuttle was designed for transportation around large campuses, to and from parking lots, and, because it produces zero emissions, through factories, warehouses and other indoor uses. Air conditioning, solar panels and a rapid charger are available options. MSRP: $14,700.

ZAP`s new XL Truck was designed with a roomy cab for two and a sturdy bed platform capable of transporting 800 lbs. for on-road use and up to 1,600 lbs. capacity for private roads and facilities. This 100 percent electric workhorse has convertible, drop-side bed construction to convert to a flatbed. ZAP`s XL Truck can be ordered with options like air conditioning, enclosed weatherproof cargo box, solar charger, above-bed utility rack and rapid charging system. MSRP is $14,500.

ZAP`s new Shuttle and XL Truck offer fleets more flexibility and utility with their electric vehicles. For on-road use, the Shuttle and XL Trucks conform to US regulations for Low Speed Vehicles with a top speed of 25 MPH limited to streets with a posted speed limit of 35 MPH.

As part of ZAP`s global distribution strategy, the ZAP`s new van and truck are designed to meet or exceed government certifications for most of the world. Both can drive up to thirty miles on a charge and recharge at a standard 110 volt outlet in about six hours and an 80 percent charge in just four hours. ZAP offers optional upgrades to 220 volt charging for faster charging, or upgraded batteries for longer distances.

Governments are starting to use purchase more electric vehicles. For example, the US Army recently committed to purchasing 10,000 electric vehicles for fleet use.

Electric vehicles are less expensive to fuel and maintain, costing about three cents per mile for its fleet vehicles and about half the cost to maintain due to less moving parts. Electrics are also less polluting. Even counting the emissions from electric power plants, studies electric vehicles can reduce automotive emissions by 90 percent compared to gasoline. Electric vehicles are fun to drive, with quiet, smooth acceleration, no vibration, no shifting and almost no noise.