Electric vehicle and scooter specialist ZAP has named Gary Dodd, a manufacturing executive formerly with Toyota, as president of global operations.

ZAP said the move is another step in the company's plan 'to introduce US-built electric vehicles to the masses'.

According to ZAO CEO Steven Schneider, "Gary will bring serious depth and breadth to our management team where each senior executive has separate and distinct responsibilities, such as operations, finance, marketing, and now front-line, manufacturing expertise. Gary will guide us into volume production."

Mr Dodd joins the management team alongside Amos Kazzaz, who became ZAP COO. Mr. Kazzaz had spent more than twenty-four years in executive positions with United Airlines including president of United Airlines Shuttle where he had oversight of more than two thousand employees.

"Amos is responsible for maintaining efficient operations, our CFO Bill Hartman is a seasoned CPA with SEC experience, and I know how to position, market, and sell vehicles... lots of them," Schneider concluded.

"ZAP will creatively work with American automobile suppliers to build affordable and appealing electric vehicles for American consumers and customers worldwide," Dodd said. "We are going to dramatically expand ZAP's leadership in the electric vehicle marketplace."

Dodd has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on behalf of Zap Motor Manufacturing for a US$200 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan to build an electric vehicle assembly plant.

"We are very optimistic that the company's loan application will receive funding from the DOE," Dodd said. "Another key part of our strategy is the sizeable competitive advantage we will enjoy because of our close proximity to two proposed Kentucky-based facilities that will be critical to the future of electric vehicles in the United States," he added.

"Argonne National Laboratory has announced that it will build a national battery manufacturing R&D Centre in Kentucky, in an innovative partnership with the State of Kentucky, the Universities of Kentucky, and Louisville. In addition, the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries, of which we are a member, has announced its intent to build its manufacturing facility in Central Kentucky as well. With both cutting edge facilities within an easy drive of the future manufacturing site, our supply and R&D chains will become the envy of the industry," Dodd added.

In 1998 Gary Dodd founded his own business with the encouragement and support of Toyota and grew annual revenues to over US$700 million by supplying Tier One, just-in-time, and sequenced automotive components from its eleven manufacturing facilities to Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Ford, and General Motors.