SANTA ROSA, CA -- Electric car pioneer ZAP is providing fleets with a better solution when it comes to 100 percent electric, plug-in transportation with the introduction of its four-wheel ZAP Truck XL. The new addition to ZAP's line offers an 800 pound payload.

Electric trucks like ZAP's new XL fill a growing niche for fleets and small businesses that demand more flexibility and economy in their vehicle mix. The XL is a robust four-wheel truck with ample cab space and payload capacity making it ideal for industrial and utility fleet purposes. In the United States, it meets full DOT requirements for 25 MPH Low Speed Vehicles. As part of ZAP's global distribution strategy, the XL will be designed to meet or exceed government certifications for most of the world.

The ZAP Truck XL is able to drive up to thirty miles on a charge. From a standard 110 volt outlet the ZAP Truck XL recharges in about six hours and an 80 percent charge in just four hours. ZAP offers optional upgrades to 220 volt charging for faster charging.

"We love it!" said Richard Ghilotti of Ghilotti Construction in Santa Rosa, California, which operates more than 100 vehicles in its fleet and is the first customer for the ZAP Truck XL. "Now we have an all-electric truck to run mail, parts and odd-jobs which
don't require a big diesel or gas truck." Ghilotti has made a comprehensive effort to follow green practices and invest in renewable construction techniques and technologies. Recently Ghilotti opened a new green headquarters in Santa Rosa where the electric trucks will be used.

The larger truck presents an opportunity for ZAP dealers to reach out to local fleets looking for larger payload electric vehicles that will help them save capital costs while helping protect the environment. The electric utility vehicle is also practical for consumers and small business owners.

ZAP estimates the XL truck costs between one and three cents per mile to fuel. Fewer moving parts mean less overall maintenance than gas. Operating costs are about half that of a small gas truck over a three year period. Furthermore, a California Air Resources Board study shows electric vehicles can reduce emissions by more than 90 percent over gasoline, including the emissions from power plants.

About ZAP

ZAP has been a leader in electric transportation since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. ZAP manufactures a line of electric vehicles, including electric city-cars and trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and ATVs. ZAP sells some of the only electric city-cars and trucks in production today and is developing a high-performance electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias. For product, dealer and investor information, visit http://www.zapworld.com.

Contact:
Alex Campbell
ZAP Media Relations
707-525-8658 ext. 241
acampbell @ zapworld.com

Jericho, NY -- Purolator USA recently stepped up its outreach efforts to businesses throughout New York State, as a way to promote the tremendous trade opportunities between the U.S. and Canada. Bilateral trade between New York State and Canada is expected to exceed $40 billion during 2008, and is likely to remain strong during the ongoing economic downturn. As more and more New York businesses realize the potential for doing business in Canada, Purolator USA is rapidly becoming a "logistics provider of choice," because of its expertise with cross border logistics.

"Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have made great progress in facilitating trade between the two countries," says Purolator USA President John Costanzo. "Trade barriers have fallen, and steps have been taken to minimize border crossing delays and 'unexpected' fees. As a result, businesses are increasingly realizing the economic advantage of cross border sales."

Products traveling between the two countries represent a wide array of manufacturing categories. For example, New York manufacturers sent more than $13 billion in goods to Canada last year, including computers, electronics, automotive and machinery parts, primary metal products and personal/household goods. Of the $26 billion in goods that New York imports from Canada, leading categories include energy products, metals, automobiles and automotive parts.

As an example of the partnership between the two countries, the Canadian government reports that while Oakville, Ontario is home to a Ford Motor Company facility that assembles the Ford Edge model, 80 percent of the auto's body is produced in Hamburg, NY. Trucks carrying parts between the two locations cross the border roughly 18 times a day.

"There is a tremendous amount of synergy between New York companies and their Canadian counterparts," says Costanzo. "We have several customers who interact on a daily basis with businesses on either side of the border."

Costanzo notes that Purolator USA is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of these businesses because of Purolator's expertise with cross border logistics. Purolator USA maintains facilities on either side of the border, which allows customers to consolidate their shipments so that fewer crossings are necessary. "Fewer crossings mean shorter delays at the border, and lower fees and duties," says Costanzo.

Purolator USA also provides customers access to an extensive distribution network throughout Canada. Purolator's network is more extensive than most logistics providers, allowing access to some of the most remote regions of that country.

Because cross border transactions require an understanding of Canadian and U.S. regulations and fee structures, many businesses rely on Purolator USA for its expertise in these areas. Through its Purolator Trade Solutions service, Purolator USA provides access to cross border trade specialists, who can easily navigate U.S./Canadian customs regulations and procedures.

Businesses interested in learning more about Purolator USA's cross border expertise can visit www.purolatorusa.com.

About Purolator USA
Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada's largest overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market.

In addition to its facilities throughout New York State, Purolator USA has expanded into several key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham.

LONDON, UK -- Leading trade body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has condemned the Chancellor's move to increase fuel duty to offset cuts in VAT. The FTA has warned that his decision is a cynical and disgraceful targeting of commercial vehicle operators to help fund his other tax give-aways.

James Hookham, FTA's director of policy, said:

"For a Chancellor who said he wanted to support British business through these troubled times, Alastair Darling has a cynical disregard for the cashflow problems of many small and medium sized commercial vehicle operators across the country. By offsetting the reduction in VAT with an increase in fuel duty, he has added thousands to the transport bills of companies across every sector. Not only does this hurt businesses directly, it also hurts the consumer, who will end up paying more to cover transport costs of items such as food, clothing and white goods. Christmas suddenly got even more expensive."

The Chancellor's Statement held few warm words for the logistics industry, but the ‘fuel duty snatch-back' shows that the devil is in the detail. The Chancellor confirmed a further increase in fuel duty of 1.84 pence per litre in April 2009 and remained silent on the planned reintroduction of the fuel duty escalator from April 2010. This led FTA to issue another warning to its members: beware of bear traps which could be in store for business.

James Hookham continued:

"As far as the logistics sector is concerned, the Chancellor is giving with one hand and taking away with the other. If he is determined to continue to use motorists as a cash cow, then businesses in the road haulage sector will suffer, possibly terminally. He has heard the arguments for the introduction of different fuel duty rates for car drivers and commercial vehicles: now he needs to act."

While the commercial vehicle sector will be reeling, there was some light for the logistics industry with the abandonment of per-plane aviation tax proposals. The Chancellor will increase and expand air passenger duty, rather than place a further tax burden on air freight.

Christopher Snelling, FTA's Head of Global Supply Chain Policy, said:

"We will be looking at the proposals in detail, but, on the face of it, this is good news for all those involved in air freight. Credit should be given to the Government for taking the common sense approach. Air freight does have an environmental impact, but this needs to be addressed at the European level to avoid the UK being handicapped against continental rivals as a place to do business."

FTA welcomed Mr Darling's announcement to invest in the motorway network, although it remained cautious until details of the proposed schemes are revealed.

FTA also pointed to a missed opportunity for the Chancellor to bring much-needed funds into the Treasury coffers, and also to ensure overseas haulage vehicles pay their way. The Eurovignette, or ‘Britdisk', was a Labour commitment in 2001, yet there has been little or no movement.

FTA Chief Economist Simon Chapman added:

"At a time when the Treasury cupboards are bare, we are surprised that the Chancellor has not taken the opportunity to fill them with up to £30 million. We've been waiting for the Eurovignette for eight years, during which the number of overseas trucks on our roads has greatly increased. Surely the Chancellor is missing a trick?"

About the FTA:

The Freight Transport Association represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. FTA members operate over 220,000 goods vehicles - almost half the UK fleet. In addition they consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight.  The FTA can be found on the web at http://www.fta.co.uk/.

Boosts MPG in hybrids and range in electric vehicles by 20 to 70 percent

GREENWICH, Conn. & BOSTON--Electric Truck, LLC (ET) and Tufts University’s Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) today announced that ET has exclusively optioned commercial rights to a technology that can recharge the batteries of any hybrid electric and electric-powered vehicle while it is driven.

The Tufts-developed technology could increase by 20 to 70 percent the miles per gallon or total driving range performance of vehicles like the Honda Civic, Ford Escape, and Toyota Prius hybrids and the Tesla Motors and Phoenix Motorcars electric vehicles.

This cost-effective invention harnesses the movement of the vehicle to generate electricity that is used to recharge the battery continually while the vehicle is in motion.

Since the technology actively uses the weight of a vehicle for energy recovery, it could help speed the expansion of the hybrid and battery electric vehicle market from cars to vehicles of greater size, weight and payloads, such as SUVs, pickup and delivery trucks, mail trucks, school and city buses and other light and medium duty trucks. Trucks are a large market segment based on commercial need and also represent some of the biggest sources of emissions.

“We are extremely happy with Tufts’ development in this area, and see sales to the fastest growing market segment of hybrid vehicles to be a highly desirable way to contribute toward global climate change mitigation and petroleum independence,” said ET co-founder and CEO David Holst-Grubbe. “This deal puts ET in a unique position to serve high-growth markets with meaningful incremental benefit, without having to re-design existing vehicles.”

Tufts engineering professor emeritus Ronald Goldner and colleague Peter Zerigian developed this technology within the School of Engineering and received additional support in subsequent years from Argonne National Laboratory.

OTL&IC Associate Director Martin Son said, “Prof. Goldner and Mr. Zerigian were passionate about the need to lower greenhouse gas emissions and provide some relief to individuals and industry from the expensive and unpredictable costs of gasoline and diesel fuels. They were innovators who came up with this idea more than a decade ago and were truly ahead of their time."

About Electric Truck, LLC

ET is a privately held licensing and technology development firm headquartered in Greenwich, CT, USA. ET designs, develops, and markets alternative energy technology solutions for the transportation industry, and is seeking a $3 million round of funding, along with sponsors for its Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE entry. The $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE invites teams from around the world to focus on a single goal: design viable, clean and super-efficient cars that people want to buy.

About Tufts University’s Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration

Tufts' Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) is responsible for facilitating the transfer of Tufts technology for public use and benefit. OTL&IC evaluates, obtains proprietary protection for, and assists in the distribution of technology for research and commercial purposes. OTL&IC is responsible for transferring technology for commercial development by identifying potential markets and negotiating license agreements with industry partners, from large companies to start-ups.

Contacts:

Electric Truck
David Holst-Grubbe, 860-480-3433
dholstgrubbe @ el-truck.com
or
Tufts University
Kim Thurler, 617-627-3175
kim.thurler @ tufts.edu

 

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