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Zenn
The ZENN

Feel Good Cars Corporation (FGC) is tuning up for the production of its ZENN low-speed electric vehicle.

Of particular note is that in September 2005, FGC entered into an agreement with the taciturn EEStor to acquire worldwide exclusive rights to purchase EEStor’s new Energy Storage Unit—a high-power-density ceramic ultracapacitor—for the small vehicle market and golf carts (up to 100 HP and 1,200 kgs curb weight).

The EEStor ESU is projected to offer up to 10x the energy density (volumetric and gravimetric) of lead-acid batteries at the same cost. In addition, the ESU is projected to store up to 1.5 to 2.5 times the energy of Li-Ion batteries at 12 to 25% of the cost.

As a solid state energy storage device, the ESU is projected to have virtually unlimited life of deep-cycle usage in addition to being rechargeable in just minutes.

The technology, about which not much information is currently available, is considered a potential “game-changer,” and attracted a $3M lead investment from heavyweight venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

EEStor recently informed FGC that it continues on schedule in the commercialization of the ESU. FGC is up to date and current with its commitments to EEStor Inc. with the next milestone consisting of independent 3rd party verification of EEStor’s technology, expected during the summer of 2006.

The ZENN currently is based on six 12V heavy-duty valve-regulated sealed lead-acid AGM batteries. The car currently has a top speed of 25 mph, and a range of approximately 35 miles (approximately 56 km). A full recharge takes 8 to 9 hours, 80% rechargeable in four hours.

FGC has leased a 40,000 square foot production facility in the City of St. Jerome, north of Montreal, Quebec and expects to receive its first shipment of 48 ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) host vehicles from Microcar during May 2006.

Initial production ZENN vehicles are scheduled to be shipped to dealers during the summer of 2006.

Last month, the company began a two-coast US-based dealer tour; three production prototype ZENN vehicles are involved in the tours. Dealer tours will continue throughout May and June 2006.

Comments

Bob Deverell

EEstor Many electronics guys have an irrational fear of higher voltages. I remind that all TV engineers are expected to cope with components that operate at 20-30 kvolts and that power distribution engineers regard 11kv overhead systems as low voltage. Storage voltage has nothing to do with the actual transformed voltage used by the EV for its motors etc. EESOR has realised the key to a successful charge storage system. Storing farads at high voltage is a straight forward technology problem, though cutting edge. They plan to operate at only 3.5kv. I predict that in time we will see 10kv or more in a sealed device. This will seem perfectably reasonable and will allow charge storage technology to advance into many h.power applications. Someone will do it, even if not EESTOR. Bob Bangkok

Bob

aaron

I find the whole eestor thing very unlikely as Weir has made the claim that there is a production facility currently under construction in the Cedar Park area.
A PI was hired to dig into this and found absolutely nothing, kind of hard to hide a factory on 200 to 300 acres.
http://aaron-allaboutoil.blogspot.com/

Also, I've discovered that Richard S. Wier, the son of Richard D. Weir runs an internet marketting company, well what more would you need to start a pump and dump internet scam than an internet marketting professional? I tried pointing this out on www.theeestory.com but they quickly tried to erase all evidence that I was member on the site. my motto was find the building, find the proof. I suspect that the admin of www.theeestory.com with their anonymous dns hosting information and anonymous contact info and eestor are one in the same entities.
Its a shame that so much attention has been given to this snake oil technology, when legitimate science like the silicon nano-wire battery holds a much greater promise.

Gerry

I am a retired scientist

EEStor recently announcd that their barium titanite powder was independently tested at 1000 volts per micron. providing a safety margin of 3 over what they need to meet their specification.

This is an exceptionally strong electric field which is much higher than I ever thought was possible.

What I would like to see is a public demonstration of a prototype EEStor capacitor, witnessed and signed off by a few recognized independent experts.

Surely by now, EEStor must have some working prototypes that could be used for this purpose.These prototypes need not meet EEStor's target specifications. They only need to show proof of principle.

Does anyone know if EEStor has done this yet?

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