CBC News. Transport Canada has granted the National Safety Mark, a legal label that indicates the vehicle meets Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, to the ZENN electric car from ZENN Motor Company. This allows the company to produce its all-electric vehicle for the Canadian market.
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.
Transport Canada says it will be up to the individual provinces and territories to legislate where the vehicle can be driven.
Earlier this year, ZENN Motor Company, has made a US$2.5 million equity investment in Austin-based energy storage developer, EEStor. EEStor is developing a new high-power-density ceramic ultracapacitor (the Energy Storage Unit—EESU). EEstor has publicly claimed a permittivity figure—a measurement of the ability of a material to store an electric charge—of 18,500 or more. The required permittivity levels are specified in detail in the existing Technology Agreement between ZENN Motor Company and EEStor. (Earlier post.)
The negotiated investment terms also grant ZENN an additional investment option of up to US $5 million on the same terms, following EEStor’s successful completion of its next major milestone: permittivity testing.