Since 2007, Zap and ABAT (Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc.) have been working together in China on advanced batteries for electric vehicles like the Xebra. This week, ABAT's wholly owned subsidiary Wuxi Zhongqiang Autocycle Co., Ltd., announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Zap to use those batteries. Zap says the packs could be used in Zap's current line-up of vehicles as well as it's new pickup and the ever-forthcoming Alias. The first vehicles to get the new battery types will be Zap's Zappy3 scooters. For the curious, there's an unsurprisingly self-congratulatory press release after the jump.
ABAT and ZAP Sign Distribution Agreement
NEW YORK, NY and SANTA ROSA, CA -- 07/08/09 -- Leading lithium battery and vehicle manufacturer Advanced Battery Technologies (NASDAQ: ABAT), through its wholly owned subsidiary Wuxi Zhongqiang Autocycle Co., Ltd, has signed a distribution agreement with electric transportation pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP).
ZAP CEO Steve Schneider says, "The agreement will enable ZAP to accelerate production of its electric vehicles offering extended range and more power through the use of ABAT's advanced, large-format Polymer Lithium-Ion battery technology."
ABAT's batteries will play an important role in vehicles such as ZAP's XL/XR (extended range) pickup and the Shuttle/XR van as well as the freeway-capable Alias roadster. ZAP is finalizing plans to build these types of vehicles and others in the United States.
"This agreement will further the availability of affordable lithium battery powered electric vehicles," says Mr. Schneider. "By combining our strengths, we believe ZAP and ABAT can expand the use of electric vehicles in many niches."
According to Zhiguo Fu, ABAT's Chairman and CEO, "We are impressed with ZAP's grasp of the electric vehicle market and their approach to the design and distribution of affordable electric vehicles. We believe our battery technology will be an important part of their long-term success."
ZAP expects the first vehicles to incorporate the new battery technology will be ZAP's popular Zappy3 line of scooters. ABAT's technology will give the scooters better performance while reducing the overall weight.
In addition to electric scooters, ZAP expects to cooperate with ABAT on additional electric vehicle development and distribution. The two companies expect to make joint electric vehicle announcements in the near future which include a marriage of ABAT's battery technology and ZAP's pioneering designs in wheel motor technology. ZAP's wheel motors are already mass-produced for its Zappy3 and Zapino vehicles and the company is well down the development path of similar but more powerful designs for traditional, four-wheeled products as well.
For more news and information on ZAP, visit www.IRGnews.com/coi/ZAAP where you can find the CEO's video, a fact sheet on the company, investor presentation, and more.
About Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc.
Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc., founded in September 2002, develops, manufactures and distributes rechargeable Polymer Lithium-Ion (PLI) batteries. The Company's products include rechargeable PLI batteries for electric automobiles, motorcycles, mine-use lamps, notebook computers, walkie-talkies and other electronic devices. ABAT's batteries combine high-energy chemistry with state-of-the-art polymer technology to overcome many of the shortcomings associated with other types of rechargeable batteries. Wuxi Zhongqiang Autocycle Co., Ltd, founded in 2002, develops and manufactures various types of electric vehicles. Wuxi Zhongqiang owns three types of products listed in the E-Bike directory, with more than 20 varieties: electric bikes; agricultural transport vehicles for practical transportation; sport utility e-vehicles such as scooters, off-road vehicles, go-karts, snow scooters, sea scooters, as well as underwater propeller vehicles. Wuxi Zhongqiang products are exported to countries and regions in Europe, the United States and Asia. The Company has a New York office, with its executive offices and manufacturing facilities in China. For more information about Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc. (ABAT), please visit: http://www.abat.com.cn.
ZAP has been a leader in electric transportation since 1994, delivering over one hundred thousand vehicles to consumers in more than seventy-five countries. ZAP manufactures a line of electric vehicles, including electric city-cars and trucks, motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs. ZAP sells some of the only electric city-speed cars, trucks and vans in production today and is developing a freeway capable electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias. For product, dealer and investor information, visit www.zapworld.com.
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.