The province of Québec Thursday began a three-year pilot project allowing the use of low-speed electric vehicles—specifically the ZENN, assembled in Saint-Jérôme au Québec and the Nemo, built in Sainte-Thérèse. (Earlier post.)
The low-speed EVs will be permitted on public roads where the maximum speed is 50 kph (31 mph) or less; must sport an orange triangle designating low speed; must stay in the right lane except to make a left turn; and the headlights must be illuminated at all times.
ZENN Motor Company is counting on its partnership with EESTOR to provide it with an energy storage system that will enable it to produce a fully certified, highway capable vehicle. At the company’s annual meeting held in March, Ian Clifford, ZENN CEO, said that the upcoming cityZENN, powered by EESTOR, is planned to be a fully certified, highway capable vehicle with a top speed of 125 kph (80 mph) and a range of 400 kilometers (250 miles). The cityZENN is to be rechargeable in less than 5 minutes. The car is now targeted for Fall 2009. (Earlier post.)
EEStor’s game-changing energy storage technology is in the advanced stages of commercialization. EEStor has publicly committed to commercialization in 2008 and their first production line will be used to supply ZENN Motor Company.—Ian Clifford
ZENN is also an investor in EESTOR, which, aside from occassionally breaking silence (earlier post), has remained determinedly publicly mum concerning the details and the progress of the work on its high-power-density ceramic ultracapacitor.
The EEStor ESU has been projected to offer up to 10x the energy density (volumetric and gravimetric) of lead-acid batteries at the same cost. According to the company’s initial patent, the EESU is based on a high-permittivity composition-modified barium titanate ceramic powder. This powder is double coated with the first coating being aluminum oxide and the second coating calcium magnesium aluminosilicate glass.
The EESU alternates multilayers of nickel electrodes and the high-permittivity powder. The resulting parallel configuration of components has the capability to store electrical energy in the range of 52 kWh, according to the document, with weight for a unit of that capacity in the range of 336 pounds (152 kg).
Anonymous blogger tracks EESTOR. Much detail beyond that been generally publicly unavailable, although an anonymous blogger began periodically posting on the company beginning in 2007.
Accused by some of being Dick Weir (founder and CEO of EESTOR) or Clifford, the blogger said in a post on Friday that he (or she) was simply someone to whom the EESTOR story was compelling. The writer wanted to centralize all the information on EESTOR that he or she could find, while having “the potential to get things really wrong and I like the freedom that comes with not having this blog on my resume.”
His (or her) latest on the status of EESTOR (on the reasons for delay of public disclosure of the permittivity test) is here.
(A hat-tip to Marcus!)