ZAP's Gary Starr Honored with California Clean Air Award
9 February 1999ZAP's Gary Starr Honored with California Clean Air Award
SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Feb. 8 -- Veteran electric vehicle (EV) entrepreneur Gary Starr was honored today along with other leaders from the alternative transportation industry by California's top EV industry association. Starr co-founded ZAP Power Systems (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAPP) in 1994 with inventor Jim McGreen, which to date has produced over 20,000 electric bikes and scooters. Starr was honored with CALSTART's 1998 Blue Sky Merit Award. CALSTART, California's advanced transportation technology consortium, presents the Blue Sky Award to formally recognize - and reward - outstanding contributions not only to develop clean vehicles and technologies, but to actively bring them to the marketplace. "Gary Starr has probably been responsible for the marketing of more EVs than anyone I can think of," said CALSTART CEO Mike Gage. "Responsible for more than 20 thousand, I think that is more than all the tier one automakers." The U.S. Postal Service received CALSTART's 1998 Blue Sky Award. Past winners since CALSTART first gave out the award in 1996 include Toyota and General Motors. Starr's award is among a total of five Blue Sky merit awards given out in 1998. Members of CALSTART's judging committee include representatives from the Coalition for Clean Air, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, and CALSTART's staff and board of directors. Starr, managing director for ZAP, has been building and driving electric cars for more than 20 years. In addition to overseeing the marketing of more than 20,000 EVs, Starr has invented several solar electric products and conservation devices. He founded EV operations for U.S. Electricar, Inc. in 1983 and currently serves as an advisor to Zebra Motors, Inc., an electric sports car designer. In the past, Starr has been recognized for his achievements in alternative transportation by the American Lung Association, the Private Industry Council, Automotive News, and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. A recent interview with Starr is available on the Web in RealAudio format at http://www.yearbooknews.com/rafiles/5910302.ram. For further information, contact ZAP Power Systems at (707) 824-4150 or access its web site at http://www.zapbikes.com.