Apparently the 40 mpg ZAP Smart Car mileage rating was reported in the March 22 Edition of USA Today. Almost as cool as the other kind of ZAP (a small excerpt from which is pictured here). Here's the real deal picture of the Smart Car and some more details, from an earlier post. From the lastest Smart Car ZAP press release: -- "Automotive pioneer ZAP (PCX:ZP) (NYSE Arca:ZP) announced today the results of fuel economy testing from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the Smart Car Americanized for ZAP. The 2005 model year Smart Car Americanized for ZAP is the nation's most fuel-efficient all-gas turbo-powered car with a fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon for city and freeway driving, according to the EPA testing lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It also ranks third overall behind two hybrid models according to the EPA's SmartWay(TM) Green Vehicle Guide (See www.fueleconomy.gov)".
Keep on 'Smart'n ZAP; it'll do the world some good to "mercanize" the right sized merchandise.
The graphic in this post is a small excerpt from the cover of Zap Comix #1 Copyright 1967, 2003 by Robert Crumb. Published by Last Gasp.