Sunday, November 11, 2007

Zenn cars okayed

At a top speed of 40km (25miles) per hour it certainly would not be good on a highway but a safety hazard. I wonder how many will buy the cars at a price of around 14,000 dollars? It is made for a niche market: rich environmentalists. No information on how far the vehicle will go on a charge.

Zenn cars okayed

Transport Canada approves 100 percent electric car.

Dateline: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

from CBC News

Transport Canada confirmed Friday it has authorized a Toronto-based electric carmaker to produce a vehicle for the Canadian market.

The ZENN (zero emissions, no noise) electric car has received the National Safety Mark, a legal label that indicates the vehicle meets Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Toronto-based ZENN Motor Company makes the 100 per cent electric car, which is built in St Jerome, Qu├ębec. Roughly the same size as the Mini-Cooper, it would sell for approximately $14,000.

It's sold in most American states, Mexico and Europe.

Company founder Ian Clifford had accused the federal government of blocking him from selling the cars in Canada, saying officials from Transport Canada gave him different responses every time he approached them.

The car is considered a low-speed urban vehicle with a regulated maximum speed of 40 km/h. It's designed for areas where speed limits are 50 km/h or less, such as city core or neighbourhood-type driving, said Clifford...

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