ZAP Receives Patent for Electric Water Scooter


SEBASTOPOL, Calif., April 9, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Alternative transportation developer ZAP (Nasdaq:ZAPPQ) today announced that it has been granted a design patent for its new electric water scooter called SWIMMY(r).

The U.S. Patent Office granted ZAP patent No. US D453,726 S for its electric submersible marine vehicle. SWIMMY is designed as a toy for kids to help them swim through the water, providing a boost up to 2.5 MPH along the surface or underneath it.

The SWIMMY water scooter is expected to be available in June of 2002 at a retail price of $499. To place an advance order, visit or call 1-800-251-4555.

Certain statements and information included in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Additional discussion of factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from management's projection, forecasts, estimates and expectations is contained in the Company's Form 10-K and other SEC filings.


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