Zap shows off EVs at Fort Bliss Renewable Energy Rodeo

ZAP responds to the U.S. Military's call for practical alternative fuel technologies at the Renewable Energy Rodeo & Symposium, June 8-9 at Fort Bliss.

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Zap demonstrates new EVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium in Fort Bliss, Texas. Zap

ZAP this week is demonstrating its line of electric trucks, vans and ATVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium, at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank and Automotive Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

The two-day symposium has brought energy experts from around the world together with specially selected exhibitors showcasing solutions ranging from energy-efficient ground vehicles to renewable-energy generation equipment./p>

The event is organized for federal, state and local government legislators, GSA and various fleet managers, Pentagon-level officials from all U.S. service branches, as well as students from El Paso-area colleges and universities.

ZAP is demonstrating its Zaptruck XL with convertible bed for moving up to 1,900 lbs. of cargo, the Zapvan Shuttle for transporting up to four passengers or allowing easy side loading through sliding doors, and the Zap Dude ATV, which is ideal for installation security patrol and maintenance functions.

"We are eager to receive first-hand feedback from all levels of military personnel who will have a first-hand opportunity to experience our electric vehicles," said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. "We believe that communication and partnerships between energy innovators and the military will lead to practical solutions that reduce adverse effects on the environment such as vehicles that are more energy efficient and simpler to maintain."