born In austin, tx

Who are we?

Austin’s own brand of Urban Electric Vehicles

 We are bringing practical, reliable and affordable transportation solutions to America. 

We are proud to announce Austin, TX as home to our flagship location! 

Look for the big green “Z” on Guadalupe St. 

Meet the z-team

Taylor Prestwood


Founder & CEO


The primary goal is to make a better, safer, and more sustainable world for the future. Starting with reducing city congestion, carbon footprint, increase development of clean energy technology and contributing to advanced farming eco-systems for sustainable food supply.

Wide range of skills and experience. Specialized in global manufacturing and operations, product development, technology manufacturing and applications. 

Andres Carvallo


Chief Strategy Officer

Andres has over 30 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications, Computer and Software industries. Since 1992, Andres has held P&L responsibilities and senior executive titles while being responsible for the strategy, development, and commercialization of over 40 products at start-ups like Proximetry, Grid Net, HillCast,,, and Tycho Networks, and leading global companies like Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment, and Borland. 

Furthermore, Andres started his career as a Windows product manager at Microsoft.  

Michael Bruner


Founder & COO 

Chinese language translator and business consultant by trade for over 7 years.

Having always been fascinated with East Asia and studied the region for most of my life. Lived in East Asia for over a decade and attained the highest measure of Chinese language ability, HSK lvl 6, and take pride in having a deep and functional understanding of their business culture. 

Focused on bridging the gap between Chinese and US business with our evolving global ecosystem, in the years to come.   

Our Advisors

Richard Amato


 Holding worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking involvement in clean energy business development, Amato has been featured as a keynote and panelist in various conferences throughout the world: India, Malaysia, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Italy, and Kazakhstan. 

In addition, he is or has been involved in a variety of boards in the clean technology space including: CEI, CEA, CEDC, RMC, TXROSE, TXSES, TREIA and The Wind Coalition. 

Douglas Schmidt


 Doug's passion for setting strategic goals and working through the challenge of meeting them runs deep. Adept at encouraging others to take calculated risks while supporting their personal development, creating strategic business goals and achieving them as a team. 

With 23 years of development within REI, he has witnessed several iterations of retail and internal brand and corporate culture development. 

Joe Iannello


 Joe Iannello has spent 7 years as VP CIO (Chief Information Officer) at Capital Metro, Austin’s public transit agency, and led his team in implementing many industry leading solutions involving Mobile App solutions, Transit-on-Demand Operations, Smart Beacon Wayfinding,  and conducted the first demonstration of Autonomous Mini-Bus Shuttle in Austin.

Joe has 25 years of technology executive leadership serving as CIO with 4 different companies across 4 different industries and has been a Board Member & President (2017-2018) of Austin CityUP, , which is a public/private consortium dedicated to facilitating smart city innovations. 

Alain Braux


 Alain Braux - Retired business owner. Helped start Lenotre Paris Inc. American branch of global food business in Houston. Co-owner and general manager of assorted mid-size food operations.  

- Co-host of Low Carb Paleo Show:
- Editor @ Low Carb Magazine
- Advisory Board Member for PaleoFx, Austin, TX.
- CNN Regular Contributor @ CNN iReports
- Advisory Board and GMO Expert @ Food Solutions Magazine
- Expert Contributor @ Healthy Organic Woman
- Contributing Editor @ Hip4Kids Magazine
- Contributing Editor @ LinkedIn  

Orion Cassetto


 With more than a decade of experience as a product marketing leader in Silicon Valley and East Asia, OrionCassetto has brought dozens of high-tech products to market. Orion is an active investor and advisor who brings his wealth of knowledge in go-to-market strategy, messaging, and positioning to the startups with which he works. Orion is currently a degree candidate at Harvard University, pursing a masters degree in strategic management. 


CEO Taylor Prestwood interviewed by KSAT in San Antonio at 'City of the Future'