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Jul 31, 2008 6:00:00 AM
SANTA ROSA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/31/08 -- The Sonoma County Water Agency has teamed up with local electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) on a plan to make Sonoma County on California's North Coast a leader in reducing carbon emissions through the use of electric transportation.
For Sonoma County Water Agency employees, ZAP is offering a rebate as an additional incentive to rebates being offered by the State of California. The cash rebates are designed to encourage Agency employees to start using electric vehicles. ZAP will be offering $1,400 rebate for a ZAP Xebra electric truck as well as $1,270 for a ZAP Xebra electric sedan. Both of these vehicles also qualify for a $1,000 rebate from the State of California, which is available to qualified buyers and subject to certain terms and conditions (see http://www.fuelingalts.energycenter.org). ZAP will also be offering County water agency employees a $500 rebate on its Zapino Electric Scooter.
"We wanted to encourage our employees to take more steps towards sustainability and one way to do that is to provide an example to them," said Cordel Stillman, Deputy Chief Engineer for the Sonoma County Water Agency. "We intend to use ZAP trucks at one of our larger facilities so the employees can use them to get around to our different water collectors."
As part of the program, officials from the Water Agency say they plan to install additional charging stations at its airport location; the agency already has charging stations for their plug-in hybrids.
"We would like to congratulate the Sonoma County Water Agency for stepping up and being a leader in this era of record gas and oil prices and helping to put more electric vehicles on the road in Sonoma County," said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. "This is a great example that local, state and world governments can follow to take action today on issues like the global energy and climate crisis."
Xebra and Zapino are affordable electric vehicles designed for city-speed transportation up to 40 MPH and are now available across the US and abroad.