September 10, 2007 07:00 ET

ZAP Electric Car Chairman and UC Davis Grad to Speak on Campus at GoingGreen Conference, September 11

DAVIS, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Gary Starr, Chairman of electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP), is scheduled to speak in a panel discussion on "The Next Generation Automobile" at GoingGreen 2007, September 10-12 at The Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis.

A UC Davis graduate in Environmental Studies, Starr is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 5 PM. Starr has more than 30 years experience in electric transportation and is a co-founder of ZAP of Santa Rosa, California. ZAP has been a leader for electric transportation since 1994, delivering over 100,000 electric cars, trucks, scooters, bicycles and other vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries.

Starr plans to talk about ZAP's XEBRA electric cars, trucks and other vehicles. Davis is also home to one of ZAP's growing number of auto dealerships, Davis Electric Cars ( ZAP, with its slogan 'Ride the Future,' has a goal to become the leading source for a full-line of advanced technology vehicles with fundamental improvements in energy efficiency, sustainability and performance.

"If you build them, they will come," says Starr. "There has been too much talk about electric cars, endless amounts of research, and way too much emphasis on improving the technology when today's electric vehicles are already practical and affordable. Everyone who is saying the time is now for electric cars should go out and start driving one today."

As a UC Davis undergraduate, Starr built his first electric car in 1974 during the era of the OPEC Oil Embargo and gas lines. Frustrated by the fuel shortage, he asked one of the professors about electric cars and was told that electric cars could not go fast enough, far enough and were too expensive. A few months later, Starr built his first electric car with mostly junk and surplus parts. The converted dune buggy went 50 MPH, had a range per charge of 50 miles and cost about $2,500 to make.

"That car taught me that, just because an expert says it can't be done, doesn't mean it's true."

Starr's efforts presage a trend that continues on campus today. UC Davis has developed a reputation as one of the leading universities involved in advanced transportation technologies. The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, founded in 1991, is a multi-faceted, internationally recognized program with more than 60 affiliated faculty and researchers, 80 graduate students, and a $6 million annual budget. Its primary program components are research, education and outreach.

More than 700 greentech CEOs, business development officers, eminent researchers, venture capital and private-equity investors and leading members of the media are expected to attend GoingGreen, which is co-presented by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Learn more at URL

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ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP is developing a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X engineered by Lotus Engineering. The Company recently launched a new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics from cell phones to laptops. For product, dealer and investor information, visit

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