Zap Jonway's electric taxi SUV

California-based Zap Jonway says its China-based Jonway Auto division will debut four electric-vehicle models in the world's most populous country later this year, as the company looks to capitalize on plug-in vehicle incentives from the Chinese government.

Jonway will make two versions of its 5-Star Minivan. The lithium-ion battery version, the 5-Star Minivan EV-L, will have 148-horsepower and a single-charge range of about 88 miles. The lead-acid battery minivan (the Minivan-LA) will be priced at about $12,000 and have a 50-mile range for urban delivery use. Jonway will also debut the three-door E380 SUV and the five-door E-Falcon SUV as part of its EV offerings.

The China government will give out about $9,500 worth of incentives per new plug-in vehicle, while cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou will dole out additional cash, all in an effort to combat China's worsening pollution.

Zap Jonway said in March that it would build a natural-gas powered version of its A380 SUV, which can also run on gasoline in the event that the CNG runs out. The company is looking to sell that vehicle in South America, where CNG fueling stations are commonplace.

Read Zap Jonway's press release below.
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ZAP Jonway Announces Roll Out of 2013 EV Product Line with 5-Star Minivan and 2 Other New Additional EV Models This Year

SANTA ROSA, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ZAP (ZAAP) an automotive company incorporated in California and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California announced that Jonway Auto, its subsidiary in Zhejiang, China has successfully completed their 5-Star MiniVan EV and is preparing to finalize the type approval in China. This Minivan EV represents one of three new EV models that will be launched this year for China and the international markets. The other two models are the new 3-Door E380 SUV, and the 5-Door E-Falcon SUV. All four models were shown at the Shanghai Auto Show in May this year. The latter two are planned for availability later on this year.

The 5-Star Minivan EV represents the first lithium battery full electric minivans in China. The 5-Star Minivan EV-L (Lithium) has a range of 140km, with a peak power of 110Kph under load. A battery swap version of the Minivan-L is being designed together with China National Grid in Hangzhou to support extended range delivery routes.

The 5-Star Minivan-LA (Lead Acid) is the lead acid version. The lead acid model is cheaper but has a shorter range and is offered at the economic price of around US$12,000. This EV minivan will prove to be very popular for city transport and delivery. This product is ideal for delivery fleets in densely populated cities where governments are sensitive to exhaust pollution and gasoline prices. The Lead Acid version has a peak power of 80Kph with a range of 80km.

All four EV models: the Minivan-L, and the already type approved E-380SUV, and the lithium battery versions of the 3-Door SUV and the E-Falcon, are all eligible for China's central government EV incentives of over US$9,500 per vehicle. Additional incentives from local governments for lithium battery EVs vary from US$6,000 to US$9,000. Cities like Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing are offering the additional incentives to stimulate the adoption. In aggregate, the total incentives for full electric lithium battery driven vehicles can enjoy up to US$15,000 or more in reimbursements from the central and local governments. ZAP Jonway's Minivan-L, and the E-380 SUV models all are qualified for the reimbursements from Chinese government.

ZAP Jonway is now working aggressively with local partners to promote the sale of the Minivan-L and E-380SUV EVs, and are working to sign up new dealerships in major cities to support the EV sales.
About ZAP Jonway

ZAP Jonway (stands for ZAP and its subsidiary company in China, Jonway Automobile) designs and manufactures quality, affordable gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs). Jonway Automobile has ISO 9000 manufacturing facilities, engineering, sales and customer services facilities in China, ZAP Jonway has production capacity of up to 50,000 vehicles per year, and has sales distribution network in China. ZAP, an early pioneer of EVs, brings to both companies a broad range of EV design experience that is applied to the new product lines. ZAP Jonway is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and Jonway Auto is located in Zhejiang Province of the People's Republic of China. Additional information about ZAP Jonway is available at http://www.zapworld.com.