November 11, 2008 04:00 ET

ZAP: Electric Car Incentives Approved in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - The Mayor of Montevideo approved incentives for electric car ownership and use in Uruguay, according to industry pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP).

"The incentives range from free parking for electric cars within Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, to no tolls on roads or bridges and no registration for three years," said Fernando Cancela of ZAP Latin America.

Montevideo mayor Ricardo Ehrlich, a biologist, wants to make the capital of Uruguay the electric car capital of the world. Last month, as a way to help Uruguay invest in new technologies and industries, Ehrlich supported a project to set aside land for a proposed ZAP electric vehicle assembly plant. Electric vehicles assembled under the program would qualify for tax-free exportation throughout South America's MERCOSUR trade zone.

ZAP Latin America, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, is starting to sell Zapino and Zappy3 scooters as well as electric bicycles and plans to begin selling electric cars and trucks under the new incentive plan in Uruguay.

ZAP currently employs seven workers in Uruguay with a retail store and small manufacturing and distribution facility for electric bicycles and scooters. ZAP runs a seasonal rental outlet in Punta del Este, a beach resort destination on the Atlantic where it will rent electric scooters, bicycles and showcase the ZAP Xebra.

More governments are working to provide incentives for electric cars. In California owners of qualified Xebra electric city cars and trucks can receive a $1,000 tax credit.

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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