2006 - 2010

ZENN 

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ZENN Motor Company, originally named Feel Good Cars, emerged in 2000 as a visionary venture founded by Ian Clifford, Marek Warunkiewicz, and Probyn Gayle in Canada. They aimed to revolutionize urban mobility with a focus on zero emissions and no noise, aptly reflected in the acronym ZENN. Their first electric vehicle prototype was based on the compact French Renault Dauphine, but quickly transitioned to using the chassis of the Microcar MC2, a lightweight vehicle designed for easy adaptation to electric propulsion.

From 2006 to 2010, ZENN produced small, lead-acid battery-powered vehicles that were primarily classified as neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). These cars were limited to low speeds and were intended for short, urban trips, boasting a modest range and capped speed to meet specific urban vehicular regulations. Despite the innovative approach and initial public interest, ZENN struggled with profitability and market penetration, ultimately leading to the cessation of vehicle production. The company then shifted focus to developing electric drivetrain technologies, particularly through a partnership with EEStor—a company known for its promises of groundbreaking energy storage solutions.

However, ZENN’s ambitions were continually hampered by delays and unmet expectations, particularly from EEStor, whose technology failed to materialize as planned. By 2015, ZENN Motor Company had ceased operations as a car manufacturer and transformed into EEStor Corporation, focusing solely on energy storage technology without producing any vehicles​ (Wikipedia)​​ (Wikipedia)​​ (Wikiwand)​. Despite their brief and turbulent stint in the automotive industry, ZENN’s efforts reflect an early and ambitious attempt to address urban pollution and traffic congestion through electric mobility.

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