ZAP CEO Calls for 'Energy Leadership'

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from ZAPWORLD.COM

    ROHNERT PARK, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Speaking at a national energy policy panel in Northern California today,
 ZAPWORLD.COM (Nasdaq:   ZAPP) Chief Executive Officer Gary Starr said the
 current energy crisis is a "crisis of policy, not a crisis of power."
     Starr, a 25-year alternative energy and transportation veteran,
 participated today in a Sustainable Energy Forum hosted by Congresswoman
 Lynn Woolsey at Sonoma State University in California. Starr, who helped found
 electric vehicle developer ZAP of nearby Sebastopol in 1994, was joined by
 experts in the areas of geothermal, wind, solar, and fuel cell energy
 production.
     "Our current energy crisis is a crisis of policy, not a crisis of power,"
 said Starr. "Real energy policy leadership is our most critical need.  Now is
 the time for action."
     In his speech, Starr recommends the United States should follow the
 example of many countries around the world in rewarding energy efficiency.
 Starr added that the U.S. Energy Policy Act includes many strategies designed
 to save energy that are not being implemented. On a consumer level, Starr
 pointed out that the use of electric bicycles and scooters should be
 encouraged. Current hybrid vehicles achieve a fuel economy of 70 mpg; electric
 cars attain over 100 miles per gallon, but electric bicycles or scooters,
 which can travel up to 15 miles per charge, reach upwards of 500 miles per
 gallon in equivalent fueling costs.
     "Begin by passing legislation to simply make personal EVs legal throughout
 the nation," said Starr.  "Remove the red tape at the federal level to allow
 these vehicles that are being distributed in other countries to be distributed
 here in the U.S."
     A copy of Starr's speech is available at
 http://www.zapworld.com/news/energy.htm .
     Starr has invented, designed and sold several thousand solar-electric
 products, conservation devices, and EVs. In 1994 he was named one of the ten
 most influential electric car authorities by Automotive News and in 2000 was
 listed in Advertising Age's Marketing 100. Starr is a published author of
 articles and books on energy efficiency and electric vehicles, including "The
 Solar Energy Book," "The True Cost of Oil," and "The Electric Car Book."  He
 has received several awards for his contributions towards clean air from the
 American Lung Association, CALSTART, and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.
     ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP) is recognized as a worldwide leader in light electric
 transportation.  ZAP's common shares are listed on the Nasdaq Small Cap market
 under the trading symbol "ZAPP." For information on ZAP, its EV outlet stores,
 or for ordering an EV, go to www.zapworld.com or call 800-251-4555.
 
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    ROHNERT PARK, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Speaking at a national energy policy panel in Northern California today,
 ZAPWORLD.COM (Nasdaq:   ZAPP) Chief Executive Officer Gary Starr said the
 current energy crisis is a "crisis of policy, not a crisis of power."
     Starr, a 25-year alternative energy and transportation veteran,
 participated today in a Sustainable Energy Forum hosted by Congresswoman
 Lynn Woolsey at Sonoma State University in California. Starr, who helped found
 electric vehicle developer ZAP of nearby Sebastopol in 1994, was joined by
 experts in the areas of geothermal, wind, solar, and fuel cell energy
 production.
     "Our current energy crisis is a crisis of policy, not a crisis of power,"
 said Starr. "Real energy policy leadership is our most critical need.  Now is
 the time for action."
     In his speech, Starr recommends the United States should follow the
 example of many countries around the world in rewarding energy efficiency.
 Starr added that the U.S. Energy Policy Act includes many strategies designed
 to save energy that are not being implemented. On a consumer level, Starr
 pointed out that the use of electric bicycles and scooters should be
 encouraged. Current hybrid vehicles achieve a fuel economy of 70 mpg; electric
 cars attain over 100 miles per gallon, but electric bicycles or scooters,
 which can travel up to 15 miles per charge, reach upwards of 500 miles per
 gallon in equivalent fueling costs.
     "Begin by passing legislation to simply make personal EVs legal throughout
 the nation," said Starr.  "Remove the red tape at the federal level to allow
 these vehicles that are being distributed in other countries to be distributed
 here in the U.S."
     A copy of Starr's speech is available at
 http://www.zapworld.com/news/energy.htm .
     Starr has invented, designed and sold several thousand solar-electric
 products, conservation devices, and EVs. In 1994 he was named one of the ten
 most influential electric car authorities by Automotive News and in 2000 was
 listed in Advertising Age's Marketing 100. Starr is a published author of
 articles and books on energy efficiency and electric vehicles, including "The
 Solar Energy Book," "The True Cost of Oil," and "The Electric Car Book."  He
 has received several awards for his contributions towards clean air from the
 American Lung Association, CALSTART, and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.
     ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP) is recognized as a worldwide leader in light electric
 transportation.  ZAP's common shares are listed on the Nasdaq Small Cap market
 under the trading symbol "ZAPP." For information on ZAP, its EV outlet stores,
 or for ordering an EV, go to www.zapworld.com or call 800-251-4555.
 
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