Electric car maker ZAP of Santa Rose, CA, has partnered with Lotus Engineering and Brazilian car manufacturer Obvio! to produce and distribute alternative-energy vehicles. ZAP is working with Lotus to develop a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X. The car will utilize energy-efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other alternative power systems. ZAP is also entered into a distribution agreement with Obvio! to distribute the company's micro-cars that are designed to run on ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two energy sources.
ZAP recently opened up new distribution for its all-electric cars and trucks in Portland, OR. ZAP's electric vehicles, the Xebra sedan, truck and scooter are designed as gas-free transportation for urban driving. The cars can reach up to 40 mph and they are priced just over $10,000.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
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