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The Zap/Kentucky plant story has a new twist. After hearing that Integrity Manufacturing had closed up shop, we now find out that Zap's all-electric Alias might be coming from the Kentucky plant after all. Maybe. Integrity Automotive (as it's named in our new source, the Business First of Louisville ) may be no more, but when Integrity's Randall Waldman sold his part of the business it was purchased by Gary Dodd, a former Toyota exec. Business First says Dodd has incorporated a company called ZAP Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky Inc and "plans to carry forward Waldman's plans to make electric cars at a plant in Franklin, Ky. [...] All he needs is $200 million to finance [the plant]." Dodd was also apparently a consultant to Integrity for four months late last year.
Business First of Louisville says that ZAP Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky has an exclusive agreement to be ZAP's U.S. manufacturer. Our friends over at Green Car Advisor say that there is a SEC filing that says ZMM has "a worldwide manufacturing agreement with Zap to build Zap electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient transportation products at its Kentucky plant subject to certain terms and conditions." As you can see, this story isn't going away any time soon. For an easier-to-understand bit of Zapness, there's a 30-second video of the Alias cruising down the street after the jump.