In a joint announcement, U.S. electric car pioneer ZAP and China Youngman Automotive Group recently announced they are reviving the 100-year-old electric car brand Detroit Electric for their automotive joint venture.


Detroit Electric officials look forward to bringing new vehicle technologies to market by 2009.

The ZAP alias, which is under development for the joint venture, will be one of several vehicles being planned to carry the Detroit Electric brand. ZAP is planning a presentation on Detroit Electric for North American auto dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual meeting and exhibition, February 9-12, 2008 in San Francisco (


Detroit Electric was an early 20th Century electric car, perhaps the most popular in history. The Anderson Electric Car Company started building the cars under the Detroit Electric brand over 100 years ago. Anderson of Detroit, Mich. is the longest running electric car company in history, operating between 1907 and 1939.

Detroit Electric plans to build an array of cars, trucks and buses with the latest automotive technologies. ZAP will manage the sales, marketing and distribution of the joint venture products.

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