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ZAP Appoints John Dabels as President

31 May 2000

ZAP Appoints John Dabels as President
announced today it has appointed John R. Dabels as President effective
June 1, 2000.
    Mr. Dabels has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry
including senior executive and board positions, and 10 years experience in the
electric vehicle (EV) industry. Most recently, Mr. Dabels was Chief Financial
Officer and member of the Board of EV Global Motors, an electric bicycle
company founded and chaired by Lee Iacocca.
    Mr. Dabels held various positions with General Motors including Director
of Marketing for the Buick Motor Division and Director of Worldwide Market
Development for the General Motors EV Program, the "Impact," which was the
predecessor for the EV-1.  Mr. Dabels holds an MBA from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
    According to Dabels, "Over the next few years, the electric vehicle
industry will experience considerable growth similar to that experienced by
the gas powered auto industry 90 years ago.  There will be consolidation of
many companies, and the emergence of a dominant manufacturer of electric
vehicles.  I am very excited about working closely with the rest of the
management team at ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP) to bring it to its next stage of
development.  My role will be to execute the vision and take ZAP to a position
of dominance in personal electric vehicles."
    Further explaining the vision, Dabels stated ZAP intended to focus on
products that have limited range, limited speed, and applications where
electric performs better than gas-powered engines. "ZAP will not be competing
directly with the auto OEM efforts to introduce low emission, long-range,
highway-use vehicles.  ZAP will be concentrating on introducing new products
that have specific duty cycles. Our goal is to build a family of affordable
products that are fun, reliable and exciting for personal and fleet
    Dabels added, "Electric-powered products are like computers on two or four
wheels.  Think of all the applications of computers in the last ten years and
you can begin to envision all the new products that are possible from ZAP."
    Said Gary Starr, CEO of ZAP, "I am pleased that John Dabels has agreed to
join our team.  We share the same vision, and I feel confident that by working
together we will be able to take the Company to a new level of sales and
earnings.  John brings the management experience that ZAP needs to help build
the Company into making it the ultimate portal for zero air polluting vehicles
and products."
    ZAP is a public company, with its stock trading on the NASDAQ SmallCap
Market under the symbol ZAPP.  For more information visit or
contact the company at 800-251-4555.