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Founder Ian Clifford and his ZENN Motor Company have enjoyed an extensive amount of favorable press in recent months, showing up on Montel Williams, Rachel Ray and a host of national television news networks.
by Ross Bonander, Contributing Writer
Type: 100% all-electric
Manufacturer: ZENN Motor Company
The Manufacturer Says...
“The earth-friendly future is here with ZENN, the zero-emission, no-noise fully-featured electric vehicle … the ZENN Car distinguishes itself with comfort, convenience and utility no other Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) can match.”
The Critics Say...
“A remarkable vehicle … sold as a luxury NEV, the ZENN Car has all of the amenities of a standard car -- without the pollution, noise, maintenance, or high cost of fuel.”—lincolNEV.com
Founder Ian Clifford and his ZENN Motor Company have enjoyed an extensive amount of favorable press in recent months, showing up on Montel Williams, Rachel Ray and a host of national television news networks. The Canada-based company has been unable to bring its vehicle to local markets due to a variety of issues regarding low-speed vehicles, but this looks as though it may be changing soon. For the time being, marketing strategies for the ZENN Car will focus solely in America.
What We Like
The design. What a relief—a certified NEV without the clown-car absurdity so often seen in this class.
The cockpit. The ZENN Car is comfy, stylish, not at all fussy.
What We Don’t Like
The price. At $12,750 standard we’re not saying it’s a bad price—in fact, for all the many features that come standard, it’s not bad—just that we don’t like it. At that price will it be enough car to satisfy consumer needs?
The seating arrangement. The ZENN Car is a 2-seat hatchback … eh. How about a pop-up third or bench seat in back?
ZENN Car Specifications
Propulsion system:Electric motor
Top Speed: 25 mph
MPG: about 245 mpg (seven recharges required to meet this figure)
Vehicle range: 35 miles
Battery System: Six 12-volt Heavy-Duty batteries (full recharge via standard 120 volt outlet: 8 hours)
Tailpipe emissions: None
Make no mistake about it, we’re not nuts about NEVs or their future, but the ZENN Car is good-looking and practical; in this realm her profile is tops.
More information on the ZENN Car at:
Youtube.com: Zenn Car
Google News: Zenn Car
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