"The electric Vehicles market is a key new strategic focus of Samyang, and we are committed to our partnership with ZAP in developing the market for Korea," said Samyang co-CEO Christopher Kang, MD. "This initial purchase order is phase one of our business plan in introducing ZAP’s electric vehicles to Korea."
Samyang, widely known for its camera lenses, is expanding into cleantech business opportunities in Korea, focusing on the electric vehicle market, an area supported by the Korean government. Korea has announced an investment of 400bn won (US$342.6m) by 2014 for electric vehicle market development.
ZAP and Samyang officials have held meetings with representatives of the Korean government to start the process of gaining government approval to import and eventually manufacture the electric SUVs domestically. Samyang’s website is http://www.syopt.co.kr.
The initial order is expected to be assembled in China at ZAP Hangzhou, a joint venture recently formed with Holley Group, a global supplier of electric power meters based in Hangzhou, and Better World International Limited, funded by Cathaya Funds.
A video of ZAP’s road testing in Santa Rosa, California is available at http://zapglobal.wordpress.com