This link gives a detailed story of the history of ZAP.
I'm so disappointed but not surprised.
I was also rooting for zap and bought their stock when I heard about their Smart cars a few years ago. When I heard Daimler didn't want to deal with ZAP, I had thought it was another case of the giant auto industry snuffing out the small guys.
But since then, I've seen too many of ZAP's announcements end up with nothing but vapor so I already knew not to believe every claim the company puts out.
I remember a ZAP sales rep posting enthusiastic announcements a while back but can't find that thread, I'm curious how he's doing now?
I'm so disappointed, and want to do something to stop these companies that do give a bad name to the EV industry. Letting people know the history is the first step.