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U.S Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey visits Zap – Click above for high-res image

So, the details surrounding the contract that Zap has received to get an electric vehicle ready for the United States Postal Service (USPS) are as follows: the deal is for a single truck, one of the USPS' common Long Life Vehicles (pictured). Zap will convert the truck in Santa Rosa, CA and then send it to Washington, D.C. for field tests. Four other companies have also been selected to provide the USPS with all-electric mail trucks. U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) toured Zap's facility Tuesday and had the following to say:
I so appreciate ZAP for hanging in there all these years, knowing what we should be doing as a country. I think a majority of members of Congress, the House in particular, know that they were right and that this is where we need to be investing.
As we know, Congress is pushing to get at least 20,000 electric vehicles into the USPS fleet using a program called Edrive.org. Zap has also posted a video of Woolsey's visit, which you can find after the jump.

*UPDATE: Zap has removed the video. No word about why.

[Source: Zap]


US Postal Service Awards ZAP Engineering Contract for Electric Mail Truck

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The United States Postal Service (USPS) has awarded electric car pioneer ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP) an engineering contract for the design and development of an electric version of its Long Life Vehicle (LLV).

ZAP will convert the gasoline mail truck to run on electricity as specified by the USPS at facilities in Santa Rosa, California. Following completion the converted vehicle will undergo field trials in the Washington, DC metropolitan area later this year. ZAP was selected along with four other firms in a competitive bid process held nationwide by the USPS.

Yesterday, US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-California, toured ZAP's facility, commenting on job creation by ZAP and the Postal Service: "I so appreciate ZAP for hanging in there all these years, knowing what we should be doing as a country. I think a majority of members of Congress, the House in particular, know that they were right and that this is where we need to be investing." A video and slideshow of the tour are available at http://zapglobal.wordpress.com/.

The USPS operates a fleet of approximately 142,000 LLVs as part of the largest civilian fleet in the world, according to USPS sources, with 218,684 vehicles traveling more than 1.25 billion miles each year. The USPS fleet consumed 444 million gallons of fuel in 2009, costing roughly $1.1 billion. Agency vehicles average 10.4 miles per gallon since most drive slowly and make frequent stops with the engine idling between mailboxes.

Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-New York) has introduced legislation calling for at least 20,000 electric vehicles to be put into service with the USPS to reduce fuel consumption. Rep. Serrano also called for the allocation of $1.86 billion to the Energy Department and Postal Service to convert current mail trucks or manufacture new ones. H.R. 4399 entitled the American Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Act has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

ZAP believes the use of electric mail trucks in the postal fleet could be a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for manufacturers of electric vehicles and have a positive impact on the environment by increasing efficiency while reducing air pollution and gasoline consumption.

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world's oldest consumer electric vehicle providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of electric vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military and government fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. ZAP supplies some of the only electric city-speed cars and trucks in production today and is leveraging its accrued technology know-how in developing a cost effective high-speed electric car called the ZAP Alias. More information is available at http://www.zapworld.com/.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should consider the risk factors described in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009, as well as other filings

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Conversion in this case might save millions of dollars, and this is an LLV, not a Lotus Elise. This blog is hilarious with all the accusations of fraud towards Zap. Look around you... if you are a US taxpayer, you have given trillions of dollars to the auto industry to NOT build electric cars. You bailed out GM and Chrysler to the tune of $50+billion, only to have them go bankrupt a few months later. The shareholders were wiped out completely. They actually sold Hummer to the Chinese!?!? Cash for Clunkers subsidized $24,000 per vehicle from US taxpayers. Other electric car companies are losing hundreds of millions of dollars, but they have been subsidized with loans from the government into the billions and it's going to be years before we see anything. And how many cars will it take to pay the government back? Where is the scam here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know about you guys. But the rumors I've heard through the grapevine about zap have been terrible. Worse than those of windows vista.

      However, there are several companies competing for this project, I know quantum is one of them. Who are the other 3?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Competition is good, especially if it quickly eliminates the incompetent, the inefficient, and the unethical.

        One can only hope.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone who has followed electric cars for even a few months knows that ZAP! is simply a hollow company. Nothing but outlandish press-releases followed by no real innovations or deliverables.

      They merely scam money out of investors, potential dealers, and now every single American taxpayer. Only the US Government and the Post Office would be stupid enough to give this no good company any money.

      What a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      jpm, how easy you are being fooled. Do you know the writer himself who is divorced with kids? He need to see psychologist for his dark soul. You are just not so important as he considered about. And you are so funny to link a 2 -year old concoctive article here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tell me, how long have you been a shill for Zap?

        Does it pay well?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool! It looks the congresswoman is so impressive with their technology and good quality vans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a great idea but conversion usually suck. I know some people who converted (here in Italy) petrol engines to LPG and they had a lot of problems, while factory built LPG cars have worked perfectly. I worry about conversions, unless there is some sort of standard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ZAP is clearly at the leading edge of automotive technology.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're kidding, right?

        Zap is selling a small 3 wheel low speed NEV that is built in China, no innovation there. The closest they get to "innovative" is their Zappy scooter, and the "alias" 3 wheeler prototype, neither of which have anything particularly new or different.

        The rest have been mostly vague plans that fall through and press releases for products that never get produced. .
      • 5 Years Ago
      As real automakers begin delivering EVs, frauds like Zap and Zenn will drop from the radar and do other things o prop their penny stocks schemes.

      BTW, they should have cleaned up a little before inviting cameras to their shop. This poor government lady has no idea...

      • 5 Years Ago
      ZAP is getting popular in China. Not only the solid quality but also the Chinese government behind. There must be so many opportunities for ZAP EV in China Market. Wish we could have the same postal vans in China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ZAP! definitely has a horrible reputation in the industry.

      I work for a company that produces AC motor controllers for battery electric vehicles, called Zapi, and are constantly mistaken for this shady company. UGH!
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