Monday, July 25, 2005

Zapped in Santa Rosa

We weren't quite sure what to expected as we pulled into the parking lot of Zap in Santa Rosa, California. Just as I was searching for parking meter change one of their staff came out to chat and insisted in paying for our parking. Several folks including one of the directors and the communications head Alex Campbell came to ask questions and take photos. We were impressed with their friendliness and fabulous facility. They had several fortwos as well as smart crossblade, roadster and forfour in their showroom. They couldn't have been nicer and we exchanged contact information.

Excerpts from Zap! News Winter 2005:

"ZAP stands for Zero Air Pollution. We believe advanced automotive technologies can lessen our impact on the environment and natural resources. New ideas like hydrogen, electricity and hybrid systems are the fuels of the futre. Plus, tapping into renewaable resources like hydroelectric, solar, wind or geothermal power, we could use technology that is truly Zero Air Pollution."

"Orders for smart cars started flowing in after ZAP unveiled the snappy, ultra-compact, two-passenger vehicle at the San Francisco Internaational Auto Show in November, 2004. The unveiling stimulated multiple fleet purchases from U.S. auto dealers. Buzz created by the auto show also kindled interest by corporate fleets as well as automotive wholeale dealers. By year-end ZAP announced it had received $4.98 million in purchase orders for the car."

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