An acquaintance of mine recently sent out a note entitled "An Article About the Company that Broke Me". Quoted below (with personal details removed). He links to an article in Wired Magazine about ZAP Cars. (Apologies if the article has been linked here already; I did not see it in a quick search.)
It is truly sad to see these folks making money from this sort of behavior, and using the optimism that many of us feel about the future of the electric car this way. It seems like they are tainting the future market with their antics.
...What should be dropped in my lap by my Bro-in-law but an article about the company that broke me (mentally, not so much financially).
Yep! The April 2008 issue of Wired magazine just called out ZAP, and did it in a fairly accurate manner. As those of you whom I have spoken with regarding my time at Zap, you might recall that Jim McGreen was a visionary and an honorable man who got booted out[...]; Gary Starr is the evil man that makes me hate most people involved in marketing; And John Dabels was the last best hope for Zap to succeed in McGreen's absence. If Wired didn't paint a fair picture, it painted a picture that I recall as accurate. Also, Wired goes into Gary's more recent shams, since my [year redacted] departure of the company.
So read the article, and then imagine what it might have been like to be the [position name redacted] for Zap under Gary's reign... And then you will know why I'm not quite right in the head.
Furthermore, note that ZAP was a name that popped up again and again in the last 15 years of electric vehicles, and think about how a sham artist like Gary tarnishes the image of an otherwise proactive industry.