SEBASTOPOL, CA/USA (26 January 2000)--Electric vehicle manufacturer ZAPWORLD.COM announced on 25 January that it has signed an agreement with electric scooter maker Kang Yang Industrial Company Ltd. of Taiwan for the exclusive rights to distribute its electric scooters in North America, according to a report by the Associated Press. ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP) will offer the new scooter under its ElectriCycle(TM) brand. The company currently manufactures electric bicycles, bicycle kits, folding scooters, motorcycles and neighborhood electric cars.
"We have been test marketing electric scooters in the US for a couple of years now and are encouraged by the feedback from our customers," said ZAP CEO Gary Starr.
Under existing California motor vehicle codes, the new scooters will fall into a special moped vehicle classification, requiring only a regular drivers license and a one-time US$6 license. Top speed on the scooter is 25mph with a range of up to 20 miles. (JW)