View Full Version : ZILLA IS BACK! (Manzanita Micro teams with Zilla)

25 March 2011, 1237
I just got this news, literally minutes ago- Zilla is working through Manzanita to get back into production! WOOHOO!

My post is here: http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/zilla-is-back/

Here's the post on the Zilla blog:

"Finally, Good News!

Zilla’s are coming back!

I am excited to announce that I am in talks with Manzanita Micro to bring the Zilla controller line back to life soon! We have agreed on the basics and now just need to finalize the details to get Zilla production, sales and support up and running at their facility in Kingston Washington.

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. My apologies for that. I have been busy during that time communicating with and visiting a number of potential manufacturers for the Zilla. After the last fiasco, I admit I’ve been slow to move forward. I wanted to make sure I was working with someone who knows the EV market and also has the manufacturing experience necessary to build the Zilla properly. I’ve known Rich Rudman and the folks at Manzanita Micro for many years. Rich and I go back to the mid 1990′s as friends and sometimes friendly rivals. We often observed how similar our companies were. Now that Manzanita has expanded operations into a beautiful new facility and expanded staff to handle larger volumes (I admit, I was very impressed during my recent visit) it looks to me that they have the space and the ability to build Zilla controllers in good volumes. I’m looking forward to working with them to bring the Zilla back, and also I’m eager to get back to product development, maybe starting with improving the Hairball with new code and features."

Manzanita's contact page is here: http://manzanitamicro.com/contactus

25 March 2011, 1247
Aww yeah! Otmar and Rich, bout time they paired up!

Tony Coiro
25 March 2011, 1457
Whew, now I've got something to put the third generation motorcycle.... :D

26 March 2011, 0425
Yeah, I can't wait to see what they come up with... I did a post on "The Zilla Story" here: http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/the-zilla-story-continues/ and in doing the research it just amazed me the commitment Otmar has to build quality and customer support. Also just the plain old crap he's had to deal with along the way...

Now that he's teaming with Manzanita it looks like he'll be able to concentrate on building just the most badass controllers on the market.

I wonder if an AC model and maybe a little tiny bit smaller (normal) motorcycle model are in the works...