ZAP Bikes Get a Boost from Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2001) -
Electric bicycles like the
POWERBIKE® from ZAPWORLD.COM (NASDAQ: ZAPP) received a vote of approval today at
approximately 6:45 P.M. EST from the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 727, sponsored by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), passed the House
By a vote of 401-to-1, supporting the regulation of electric bicycles
by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the same agency that
regulates traditional bicycles. The issue now goes to the Senate for final
consideration. Passage of the bill would create a federal definition for
electric bicycles to assist many states that have either adopted
conflicting standards or have no regulations at all for electric bicycles.
“This is a bipartisan bill and I support its passage,” said
Representative Stearns. “This is a common sense approach.”
“Electric bicycles generate no pollution and are virtually silent,”
said Lois Capps, D-California. “Passage of this bill should encourage more
of our citizens to use these innovative vehicles.”
Electric bicycles have small electric motors that assist pedaling by
the rider. A human-electric hybrid vehicle, electric bicycles are one of
the most efficient forms of automated transportation. The bicycles
travel speeds of up to 20 MPH for a range of 10 to 20 miles, depending on
the user and riding conditions. Proponents say electric bikes offer an
alternative form of transportation to many citizens who are older or of
limited physical ability. Commuters can use electric bicycles as an
alternative to conventional gas vehicles, especially for short trips.
ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP) helped pioneer the U.S. electric bike market in 1994
with a kit that can fit almost any bicycle. The company has delivered
thousands electric bicycles to commuters and recreational cyclists
worldwide. Electric bicycles have even caught on with law enforcement, with
more than 250 bike patrols in the U.S. now using electric bicycles.
This year, ZAP is introducing a new model POWERBIKE with a new retail
price of $450. To see the new POWERBIKE, visit
ZAP, which stands for 'Zero Air Pollution,' is a California-based
manufacturer of electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and other electric
vehicles. ZAP is publicly owned and trades on the NASDAQ Small Cap
exchange under the symbol ZAPP. For more information, visit
www.zapworld.com or call toll-free at 1-800-251-4555.