April 16, 2008 10:00 ET

Gas Prices Hit $4, ZAP Electric Car Deliveries Top 700

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) -- Electric car interest is picking up as gas prices push toward record highs, according to US electric car dealers.

AP reported that retail gasoline prices rose to a new average national record of $3.386, according to a survey by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Prices were highest in California, where mid-range and higher grades are now averaging more than $4 a gallon.

AAA said gas prices are becoming a top priority with consumer surveys. Some are starting to buy gas-free, rechargeable battery powered electric cars. ZAP has delivered more than 700 of its Xebra electric city-cars and trucks. The Northern California company is developing a nationwide network of dealers with locations opening in places like Davis, California, Leavenworth, Kansas and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Recent controversy over laws mandating the production of electric cars brought consumer demand into question, with automakers saying consumers are much more likely to buy hybrids than pure electric cars. Still some persist saying demand is growing and there are few vehicles on the market to fill the demand for electric cars.

"The ZAP Xebra was the only production EV available that could obtain such speeds and actually be driven on regular roads," wrote electric car dealer Jonathan Ortiz of Foreign Affairs Auto in West Palm Beach. "I kindly invite anyone in disbelief to enter my showroom doors to see first-hand simple evidence that an Electric Vehicle Dealership can be viable."

Experts talk about many ways of saving gas, but electric vehicles have shown to be very cost-effective compared to gasoline. Your average gas fill-up can cost over $60, yet a vehicle like the ZAP recharges for about 60 cents. Typical customers are homeowners and fleet operators. More power companies and public utility companies are offering off-peak metering plugs that can save even more.

ZAP is developing a range of electric vehicles along with its sales and service network. Based in Santa Rosa, California, ZAP is expecting dealers and distributors from around the world at its next service training and seminar for prospective electric vehicle outlets, scheduled for April 25, 2008. To sign up or to arrange a test drive of an electric Xebra go to

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