Detroit Electric turns to Europe for investment, technology

We remember when Zap revived the name Detroit Electric, a classic, last year but the details haven't been coming very fast and furious since then. Zap announced late last week that the U.S.-Chinese partnership (with China Youngman Automobile Group) is now headed over the Atlantic to find both money and tech help. In a statement, Detroit Electric CEO Albert Lam said that partners in Europe (unnamed) would help with the electric drive system, capital financing and vehicle distribution. More details - like the names of those partners - will be announced in the future. Zap and China Youngman will give up their ownership interest in Detroit Electric, but both will remain involved in the future of Detroit Electric: Zap with North American sales and distribution, China Youngman by providing "vehicle platforms to Detroit Electric for pure electric transit buses and coaches." Zap also got $750,000 U.S. for giving up its ownership interest.

[Source: Detroit Electric]


Detroit Electric Attracts New Investment and Technology Partners from Europe

HONG KONG, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Historic electric car brand Detroit Electric last June reached an understanding to move forward in the development of a line of full-performance pure electric passenger vehicles. CEO Albert Lam said a vehicle distributor and additional technology partners in Europe intend to provide capital financing and electric drive system technology for the venture. He expects further details to be announced.

The 100-year-old Detroit Electric brand was reestablished in 2007 as a joint venture by California electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP (OTC:ZAAP) (BULLETIN BOARD: ZAAP) and China Youngman Automobile Group. Under the agreement, ZAP will transfer ownership interest in Detroit Electric in exchange for North American sales and distribution rights for all vehicles developed and manufactured by Detroit Electric as well as $750,000 (US Dollars). According to Lam, China Youngman Automobile Group will relinquish its ownership under a separate arrangement, but will continue to provide vehicle platforms to Detroit Electric for pure electric transit buses and coaches.

Detroit Electric has attracted technology-based shareholders and investors in Europe to continue its development program for a range of four wheeled, multi-passenger automobiles for manufacture in Malaysia and China. The Company expects to announce its vehicle projects by the end of 2008.

Detroit Electric was an early 20th Century electric car, perhaps the most popular in history. The Anderson Electric Car Company of Detroit, Michigan built cars under the Detroit Electric brand between 1907 and 1939. For more information, visit

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