Another electric car company may come to MP

Tesla Motors' days as the only electric car dealership in Menlo Park may be numbered.

ZAP!, a Santa Rosa-based electric vehicle company, is in talks with the city to open a dealership at 550 El Camino Real — the site of the abandoned Buick/Cadillac/GMC dealership.

Menlo Park Business Development Manager David Johnson said the city has been in talks with ZAP! since late 2007.

"This fulfills our mission to have the lights on and people occupying these buildings while we go through the visioning process for El Camino Real," said Mr. Johnson. He noted that ZAP! would likely be a short-term tenant — similar to Tesla Motors, which opened a showroom in June at the vacant Anderson Chevrolet dealership at 300 El Camino Real.

Dan Reuter, president and CEO of Ethical Approach, the company that handles distribution for ZAP!, said the electric car company is "very interested" in opening a Menlo Park dealership, but put the odds of a Menlo Park dealership actually getting built at "about a 50/50 chance." He said the main building on the 550 El Camino Real lot needs about $60,000 of repairs, and the automaker still has to work out details of the potential dealership with Stanford University, which owns the land.

About ZAP!

Judging by the specs of ZAP! vehicles, they aren't intended to hit the freeways, like the trendy Tesla Roadster.

The company's three-wheeled, zero-emissions Xebra sedans and trucks have max speeds of 40 miles per hour, and can travel just 25 miles on a single charge.

But the ZAP! vehicles are significantly cheaper than the $109,000 Roadster. The Xebra sedan is listed at $11,700, and the truck costs $12,500, according to the ZAP! Web site.

The company also has a $32,500 three-wheeled sports car called the Alias set for a 2009 release, and a $60,000 sports utility vehicle called the Zap-X set for 2010, according to the Web site. Those two models can travel for longer distances per battery charge, and can hit higher speeds.


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Posted by Jonathan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 5, 2008 at 8:56 pm

You need to look at Phoenix Motorcars, they will be releasing a freeway speed, 240 mile range, electric car that charges in 10 minutes due to the revolutionary Altair Nanotechnologies Battery which never heats up and lasts longer than the car (+20,000 charge/discharge cycles)in late October this month. The Arabs in the UAE who bought a chumk of ZAP also bought $40 Million Dollars of Altair stock and some of Phoenix stock. They have run out of oil and decided that this is the new frontier in the energy business. There is also a company called Maxwell Technologies that is one of two manufacturers of ultracapacitors which greatly reduce the electric use and draw of batteries, thus extending the life of a battery so that the charge last longer than normally. These companies are going to go wild. Altiar has military and big power company contracts and also does nano work in the chemical field with paint. They just signed a big venture partnership having to do with one of their inventions with Sherwin Williams Paint Company. Project Better Place is a scam and the politicans going along with it are corrupt just like the Congress and the Republicans in the White House who sold us all out in order to give money to Wall Street crooks. I just can not believe they are just lacking in intelligence and available information.

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