That ZENN Moment

WorldChanging Canada blogger Mark Tovey on the ZENN neighborhood electric car and its recent struggle to get gov't approval in its home country.

Published: 13-Nov-2007

One way to enter the electric car market, is through the high end, as Tesla or Venturi have done: offer high-performance vehicles with a high-end price tag -- EV as status symbol. Another way to enter is through the low end. Offer an inexpensive, low-speed vehicle that is good for lugging groceries. The ZENN (Zero Emissions No Noise) car is one such offering, and it's made in St. Jerome, Quebec, by Feel Good Cars of Toronto.

There aren't many Canadian designed and built cars, let alone Canadian designed electric cars.

The ZENN is considered to be a success story for ITAQ (the Qu├ębec Advanced Transportation Institute). ITAQ and Feel Good Cars won a prestigious international award for sustainable mobility in June (the Gold medal in the urban vehicle category at the Michelin Bibendum Challenge).

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