Is it news when a company sells eleven electric vehicles? It is if you're Zap, which issues press releases on a very fast schedule (compared to actual achievements – see Alias), and just wanted to let everyone know that eleven Zaptruck XLs have been ordered by the U.S. Military, along with five rapid-charging stations. The military first ordered some Zaptrucks in June on a trial basis. Zap says that the Federal Aviation Administration also ordered seven of these trucks in August.
For all the problems Zap has had bringing vehicles like the Alias to market, they are taking reservations for the Zap Truck XL, an all-electric four-wheeled vehicle that might be the truck that Zap wants to build in Kentucky using DOE money. Zap isn't the only American company that wants to sell this truck though; GM already does, sort of.
In addition to the planned Alias from ZAP, the electric vehicle company reportedly wants to branch into the electric pickup truck market as well. According to the latest in a long line of press releases from ZAP, the company has completed the engineering stage of a project to develop a four-wheel electric pickup. The company claims it plans to build the new EV right here in the United States using parts and components largely sourced from U.S. suppliers.
I stopped by the Zap! booth on the AFVI expo floor and asked what was new. Not too much, they told me (aside from Larry Hagman visiting at the time), but it did give me a chance to go check out the new solar-powered mini-truck with Chairman and co-founder Gary Starr. Starr wanted to make sure our readers realized the truck's easy-to-tilt bed, which not only allows access to the batteries, but can also aim the solar panels toward early-morning or late-afternoon sun. Of course, if you've got a tru