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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The time for the Zenn - but exactly when...

The founder of a Canadian- made fully 100% electric car(the Zenn)says the Canadian Government is blocking him from selling the cars in Canada, despite the fact they have been sold in the US and Mexico for some time. The Zenn is an acrymon for Zero Emission No Noise.

Has the Canadian Government made a deal with another manufacturer?

Zenn is only a small company in Saint-Jerome, just north of Montreal. The car was founded by a Toronto entrepreneur named Ian Clifford in 2001 - at a time other companies were still obsessed by SUV's.

The Zenn company has developed a model that uses a revolutionary ultra-capacitor, not the usual battery.

The updated model, the so-called 'City Zenn', will have a top speed of 125 kpm, a range of 400 km, and a phenomenal recharge time of only five minutes. The estimated ticket price is only $30,000.

But after a little research I have discovered a fly in the ointment, a problem with the delivery of the ultra-capacitor which was originally promised for 2007, then again in 2008. The capacitor could actually be worth $2 billion annually to Zenn by 2013.

There appears also to be a bureaucratic problem to get Zenn approved for use on the roads, because it is a new class of vehicle, not the typical LSV class.

Read here

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At February 18, 2009 at 12:45 PM , Blogger kristin said...

Transport Canada has certainly taken a paranoid view of the safety issues around NEVs and this has infected politicians at the provincial levels who are worried about political backlash or whatever and politicians are much more inclined to not do anything rather than do something if there is even the slightest risk of bad publicity. The good news is that there have been a lot of people across Canada who have been spreading the word and writing governments about the ZENN in particular. Slowly we are seeing legislation being developed to allow these cars on the road in Canada. If you want to know anything else about it check out my blog:

They are now allowed on some roads in Quebec and British Columbia. Manitoba and Ontario should be announcing their regulations to allow NEVs very soon.


At February 20, 2009 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the news, Kristin. I will go to that website and have a read.


At February 20, 2009 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a cool little car!!!!
so with these small companies coming out with this amazing tech, why aren't the big companies jumping in? they seem so bent on holding us all back, for all the wrong reasons. and i am so tired of politics slowing things down, when the irony is, if all people were more knowledgeable about options, they would want things to happen - its up to us to self-educate, demand more, and please media, please, step it up.

At February 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

It is a great little car needed around town.

Petrol prices went down here with a bang, and are going back up again.

We need such a car.


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