Former Toyota Exec Joins ZAP

Electric car maker ZAP has named Gary Dodd, a former executive at Toyota, as president of global operations.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- ZAP CEO Steven Schneider has named Gary Dodd, a former executive at Toyota, as president of global operations.

"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," Schneider said.

"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 on behalf of ZAP Motor Manufacturing for a $200 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan to build an electric vehicle assembly plant.

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