Driving Towards a Hydrogen Infrastructure

November 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Santa Rosa, California-based Zap, a manufacturer of battery-powered cars showcased its new Zap Worldcar alongside prototype hydrogen fuel cell automobiles from the likes of Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, and others at the 20th International Electric Vehicle Symposium at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. ZAP believes its new car is the only production electric car available for under $10,000. The company also believes this is the first production automobile ever imported from China for sale in North America. The publicly owned company is working to establish a ZAP Auto Dealer Network and has licensed to distribute production vehicles to the independent auto dealer market from several manufacturers of battery-electric technologies in North America, Asia and Europe. Zap CEO Steve Schneider said that both types of cars exhibited at the symposium that use electric drive technologies can be fueled with a variety of energy sources, from batteries, to hybrid gasoline generators, and hydrogen fuel cells. Zap claims that consumers, who purchase battery-powered cars, can help drive the world towards a hydrogen fuel economy.
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