I work for ZAP selling Zapinos. These bikes rock! That's why we've already sold over 200 this year. An associate of mine in Belgium has a PHD in electrical engineering and has been testing every electric scooter/motorcyle he could get his hands on for the last two and half years. He was writing his own software programs to create a mobile testing lab in his backpack (osciliscope, gps, etc.) After extensive research he recently came back saying the Zapino was overall the best performing electric scooter he's ever ridden and bought 30 of them for the European market. ZAP is "underpromising and overdelivering" on its specs. That's all I can say there, aside from the fact that people are not getting run over in 45mph zones. Yes the frames are stock, and yes there have been some quality and availability issues over the past year, but we have a new manufacturer that promises to take a harder engineering approach, with better crating and an actual Service Manual! (A Service Manual for crying out loud! Now we're getting somewhere!)
Also the newest batch of 40+ bikes just arived this week...all with next gen. Regenerative ABS disk brakes. Our new manufacturer is stepping up to the plate claiming a long run approach rather than just trying to make a quick buck like everyone else in China, and as this pans out we'll begin put the bulk of our marketing power behind it. Until then, ZAP doesn't want to promise the moon.
In my opinion, the Zapino is the best performing Electric Vehicle ZAP has ever sold. We just recieved another 40+, and we're ramping up to 100/mo going into Spring. They are selling fast.
Everyone on this board is all hyped about XM200's and Z20's when they should just save their money and buy a Zapino. And I am not just saying this from Bias. I have a lithium EVT sitting on my showroom right now. I've ridden both, and the Zapino out performs it. That is why we turned down the opportunity to distribute EVT's. Extreme is just another opportunist drop shipping the market with orphaned products, and EVT seems to be concentrating so hard on their new ATV that scooters are taking a back seat.
ZAP is the only company with the aspiration to create a dealer network with service centers and ground level support. Yes you could theoretically buy one from our website, but we have not sold one that way. It's to our advantage to have you go to a dealer. This community is teaming with brilliant folks, and we would love to have you on board.
Feel free to contact me at 800-251-4555 x202. Ask for Adam.