Barely one year ago VERDEK was formed by Gaetano "Guy" Mannino, president and CEO, to create value for U.S. and foreign companies planning to expand their businesses into new market arenas, especially "Green and Clean Technology." With a worldwide auto industry struggling to succeed with marginally acceptable products in a state of economic crisis, Mannino may prove to be a visionary.
In celebration of the company's first anniversary, Mannino announced today that VERDEK-EV has signed an agreement to be the exclusive distributor for the Italian- manufactured Tazzari ZERO, a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) with lithium-ion batteries that provide a range of 88 miles before recharging at a cost of less than $2. VERDEK-EV's distribution rights include North America, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.
Along with battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and other alternate-fueled vehicles, NEVs are a growing and critical niche within the future of worldwide transportation. With 40% of the world driving less than 40 miles per day, NEVs are optimally suited to satisfy much of the local transportation demands.
The Tazzari ZERO is not another "Made in China" vehicle. Based in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, the home of exotic sports cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, the Tazzari Group plans to manufacture an innovative, stylish and upscale micro-car for the environmentally concerned urban enthusiast. Tazzari believes that "Made in Italy" will stand for "Best in Class" in the EV market as well.
The sporty, aluminum-bodied Tazzari ZERO delivers zero emissions, has a top speed of 56 mph that will be electronically limited to a maximum speed of 25-45 mph (depending on State regulations) and a number of creature features, such as a removable sunroof, heating and air conditioning, stereo radio with MP3 and CD player, 15" custom colored wheels, performance disc brakes at each corner, fog lamps, leather steering wheel and seats, even cup holders.
The micro-car has a payload of 430 pounds and has a luggage capacity of nearly six cu. ft. Using state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries fairly unique to NEVs, the batteries have an estimated life of 50,000 miles and can be recharged in 9 hours (110 volts), 6.5 hours (220 volts) or 50 minutes (at 80% of the full charge) with optional Super-fast battery charger.
The Tazzari ZERO will be introduced in December 2009 at the Bologna International Motor Show and will be imported to North America immediately thereafter. The Tazzari ZERO - Ecologic, Electric and Dynamic -- is an exciting response to the congested and polluted urban centers.
In the near future, VERDEK-EV and the Tazzari Group also plan to investigate the potential of certifying the Tazzari ZERO as a battery electric vehicle, thereby allowing customers to enjoy the full capability and performance of this exciting micro-car.
VERDEK-EV is currently accepting applications from appropriate dealers for the sale of the Tazzari ZERO throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands.
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