Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP and Zhejiang Jonway Automobile delivered the first electric taxi produced through their China venture, ZAP Jonway, to Korean distribution partner Samyang Optics. Several new ZAP electric vehicles will be on display at the automotive engineering technology expo EV KOREA July 14 to July 16 at the Coex exhibition center in Seoul. Samyang Optics and ZAP Jonway are the official sponsors of the event.
The ZAP Taxi is an electric SUV based on the Jonway A380 with an electric drive train designed and integrated by ZAP. Also on display is the Alias, a futuristic-looking electric car designed by ZAP. The Alias is a finalist for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, a competition of 100mpg or energy equivalent vehicles with the final taking place July 19 to July 29. The Zappy 3, personal electric transporters, will be scooting around the exhibit.
According to a statement released by the company on Wednesday, Samyang Optics and ZAP Jonway have formed a business venture to distribute electric vehicles in Korea as part of the government's push to commercialize EVs and capture 10 percent of the global market for zero-emission plug-in cars by 2015 with the target of having all-electric vehicles comprise 10 percent of domestic sales of small-size cars by 2020.
"ZAP is pleased that Kotra [Korea Trade Promotion Corporation], and our distribution partner Samyung Optics are moving rapidly to make Korea one of the fastest growing regions for electric vehicles," said ZAP co-founder Gary Starr. "The excitement about our all electric SUV and electric scooters is energizing. It appears that we have the right products at the right price."