September 17, 2008 07:00 ET

City of Franklin Orders ZAP Electric Cars

Residents Show Support for Local Electric Vehicle Project

FRANKLIN, KY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - After the ground breaking on an electric car plant for Integrity Automotive, residents and city officials in Simpson County have shown their support by ordering three electric trucks from ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP).

The City of Franklin, Franklin Bank & Trust and County Judge Executive Jim Henderson have all placed orders. In honor of the new factory, ZAP officials are currently giving a $1,000 rebate to any Franklin, Kentucky resident that orders a ZAP vehicle within the next 60 days. The Simpson County school and water districts have also been in discussions regarding possible purchases. Franklin Mayor Jim Brown said that without a doubt the truck has been a conversation starter.

"We love it. We use it in place of a gas-guzzler for making deliveries, picking up mail, and other jobs around town," said Mayor Brown. "If there are better ways available to do something, then people can be more proactive rather than falling back on a less popular solution."

Gary Broady, President of Franklin Bank & Trust, said more people in town have expressed interest in ordering the Xebra after they took the city's red Xebra truck and the bank's new blue one to some local races Monday evening.

The first electric truck sparked interest in Franklin on Sunday during Hurricane Ike when shortages forced every gas station in the City of Franklin to close. Gas prices in many parts of the South have passed $4 per gallon following supply problems caused by Ike. Last week, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency to help control skyrocketing gas prices.

Integrity Automotive broke ground in Simpson County on August 28, 2008 for an electric car factory that is a joint venture between Integrity Manufacturing of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and ZAP of Santa Rosa, California. Several hundred residents and business people from Franklin and Simpson County attended the groundbreaking.

About Integrity Manufacturing:

Integrity Manufacturing was formed in February 2007 with 7 employees. Integrity has grown to over 400 employees and is the fastest growing company in Kentucky. Integrity Manufacturing has a combined square footage of over 250,000 square feet in three Kentucky locations. Integrity Manufacturing is the recipient of the 2007 "Emerging Business" award presented by Business First in Kentucky. Integrity's sales have consistently grown by focusing on industries that represent current and continued growth such as energy, transportation and material handling. To learn more about Integrity Manufacturing visit their web site at

About ZAP

ZAP has been a leader in electric transportation since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. Currently, ZAP manufactures a line of electric vehicles, including electric city-cars and trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and ATVs. ZAP sells one of the only electric city-cars and trucks in production today and is developing a high-performance electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group to expand its international vehicle distribution. For product, dealer, and investor information, visit

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