Here's the understatement of the day: "ZAP is pleased to announce their largest order for consumer electric vehicles." That's how Zap! starts off their press release to announce a huge order - $79 million! - for electric vehicles from the Chicago-based Electric Vehicle Company (EVC). "Pleased"? Please. They must be dancing on the ceiling a la Lionel Richie.

Details - which model, how many, etc. - were not announced by Zap!, but we can do a little math: Let's assume the order is for variations of the Xebra (pictured), because no one needs $79 million worth of the the three-wheeled electric scooter Zap! makes. The Xebra costs between $10,000 and $12,000. Let's use $10,000 to make the math easier. Calculate it out, carry the two, and you've got a potential sale of 7,900 Xebras. That's a lot of electric vehicles, and the number could be higher because EVC would receive an eight percent discount if orders were filled within the next 12 months, Zap!'s CEO said in a statement.

You'll note I said potential sale up above. The release notes that the "order is subject to meeting the performance criteria of EVC and certain terms of ZAP." That's quite vague. We've pasted the release on the $79 million order after the jump and you can find more details there.

In other Zap! news, the company announced it will pant a tree for every test drive someone takes between Earth Day (Sunday) and April 30. Considering Starr says you can plant 200 trees for $25 (if memory serves), it isn't going to break Zap!'s back to plant these trees. But it's a good move and will make the air a little cleaner. To see if there's a test drive location near you, visit Zap!'s website and look for the "Dealer Locater."

[Source: ZAP]
$79 Million Order for ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) Electric Cars
ZAP is pleased to announce their largest order for consumer electric vehicles

SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Electric car pioneer ZAP (BULLETIN BOARD: ZAAP) has received an order for $79 Million from a Chicago-based start-up, The Electric Vehicle Company.

The Electric Vehicle Company (EVC) was founded with the goal of promoting economical non-polluting electric transportation. EVC is being funded by two hedge funds, Diversified Equity Funding, L.P. and Diversified Strategies Fund, LLC, which both have an investment interest in ZAP. EVC will focus on sales of electric vehicles to municipalities, distributors, university campuses, auto and recreational dealers, foreign countries and the military. Additionally, the company has the goal of developing the first retail chain committed to the sale of all electric vehicles. The two funds have committed the funding necessary to develop the marketing organization. The hedge funds will also provide financing for the purchase of ZAP vehicles by fleets and municipalities

ZAP CEO Steve Schneider said the order is for ZAP's electric cars, trucks and other vehicles. Schneider noted that EVC would receive an 8% discount if orders were filled within the next 12 months. The order is subject to meeting the performance criteria of EVC and certain terms of ZAP.

"We believe this order, which constitutes thousands of vehicles, is the largest order for consumer electric vehicles in history," said Steve Schneider, CEO of publicly owned ZAP. "Many municipalities have been talking recently about mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, so we are grateful to be involved in this historic effort."

Schneider noted that in March, large pension funds and business enterprises called for Congress to place limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming, the latest among several business-oriented groups to call for a national climate policy.

ZAP, the only full-line electric vehicle company in the US, made news recently with the sale of its XEBRA electric cars and trucks, the first vehicles designed for the US market by a Chinese automobile manufacturer. ZAP also recently announced an automotive business plan to design a new generation of high performance electric vehicles designed by Lotus Engineering.

About ZAP

Disclosure:

Larry Spatz, of EVC, has entered into a consulting agreement with ZAP in which he will utilize his relationships and expertise to assist in the company's growth.

ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 90,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP is developing a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X engineered by Lotus Engineering. The Company recently launched a new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics, like cell phones and laptops. For more product, dealer and investor information, visit http://www.zapworld.com/.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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.

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