The ZENN

Feel Good Cars (FGC) newest electric vehicle, the ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise), made its U.S. debut today at the Electric Transportation Industry Conference.

ZENN, Zero Emission No Noise, is a Luxury NEV from Feel Good Cars of Toronto Ontario Canada. What sets ZENN apart from the other NEV's? It has form and features of a real car: It's a fully enclosed, 3 door hatchback with performance-proven, steel reinforced body for added safety advantage. It has a digital dashboard with heating and air conditioning vents, as well as a rear defogger and CD, AM/FM Radio. It has Power Windows and solid locking doors. In other words it has all the bells and whistles of a standard car but also has rotating front seat for easy in and out of this smaller NEV. It is equipped with front wheel drive and has brisk acceleration to 25 mph. It has a range of 30-40 mi/charge. 

From:
http://www.reporterville.com/zenn

FEEL GOOD CARS LAUNCHES THE NEXT GENERATION OF NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLES 

The ZENN’s breakthrough design and technology is the first to completely deliver on the promise of low speed vehicles – significant environmental benefits, viable for any geography, practical and fun

(Dec. 11, 2002) Hollywood Beach, Florida – The alternative transportation industry took a significant leap forward today at the Electric Transportation Industry Conference with the launch of the ZENN? (Zero Emission, No Noise), the world’s first battery-powered, fully enclosed, heated and air-conditioned low-speed vehicle (LSV).

Produced by Feel Good Cars (FGC) of Toronto, Canada, the ZENN captured the attention of conference attendees with its set of completely equipped automotive features. “The ZENN is the most car-like vehicle in its class,” said Ian Clifford, FGC president. “It is fully enclosed and heated and air conditioned. It has all lights and signals, secure doors, power windows, disc brakes, automotive steering and suspension – even a stereo system and keyless entry. Other LSVs offer very few, if any, of these features. The ZENN is what neighborhood electric vehicles were always meant to be.”

Consistent with some of its LSV predecessors, the ZENN delivers substantial, measurable environmental benefits compared to gas-powered automobiles. “Environmentally conscious consumers will feel great buying a ZENN,” said Clifford. “By using a stylish and comfortable emissions-free vehicle, they will know that they are eliminating the 7,700 pounds (3,500 kg) of tailpipe emissions that the average American car coughs out every year, thereby reducing their personal contributions to global warming.”

But unlike all its LSV predecessors, the ZENN also delivers all the traditional automotive features demanded – and needed – by consumers to make it a practical, viable mode of transportation. Clifford said earlier generations are often viewed as golf cart-like vehicles, without the comfort, convenience and safety of a more traditional car. But the ZENN changes that.

Given its features, the ZENN is the first LSV suitable for all climates, which considerably broadens the market. Clifford says he expects a warm reception for the ZENN in gated communities, urban environments, college campuses and in many fleet applications, including government agencies (traffic patrol and neighborhood policing) and new mobility urban solutions (car-sharing programs and Station Car applications) throughout North America.

Clifford pointed out that another fundamental criticism of earlier LSVs has been equally well addressed with the ZENN – safety. Traditional carmakers often have pointed to LSV safety concerns, suggesting these vehicles don’t belong on mainstream roads with traditional cars. Clifford said the ZENN body type has more than 15 years of on-road experience in Europe. Accident statistics there show that LSVs sharing the road with larger, internal-combustion cars are safer, primarily because LSVs operate at lower speeds.

Clifford said FGC is partnering with international manufacturers to build the ZENN, with the capacity to ramp up to an annual production of 10,000 ZENNs within a six-month period. “Unlike other LSV manufacturers that produce their vehicles as a mere sideline to their more traditional automotive businesses, we’re dedicating our careers to the advancement of neighborhood electric vehicles,” Clifford said. “We’re betting the American spirit will embrace our products.”

Toronto, Canada, is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of electrically powered vehicles. More information about Feel Good Cars and the ZENN can be found at http://www.feelgoodcars.com

Contacts: 

Marek Warunkiewicz
Feel Good Cars
613-297-1731
marek@feelgoodcars.com 

Rich Fischer
Colle+McVoy 
952-852-7522
fischer@collemcvoy.com


Feel Good Cars Inc.
836 Manning Avenue, Toronto, ON 
Canada M6G 2W8

877 817 7034 (toll-free) 
416 535 8395 fax 416 535 4043

Maximum speed : 
25 mph (40 km/h), limited according to FMVSS 500/CMVSS 500 (United-States/Canada). 

Range : 30 - 34 miles (50 - 55 km) 

Gradeability : 30% GVWR 

Charging : 6 hours (120 VAC), 80% rechargeable in 3 hours 

Batteries : 6 x 12V valve regulated sealed lead-acid AGM technology, zero maintenance & non-spillable 

Dimensions : Length/width/height 101.6 in./54.1 in./54.7 in.m (2580 / 1375 / 1390 mm )

Number of seating positions : 2 (+ 2 optional with rear bench 60/40 split) 

Propulsion : Front wheel drive direct-coupled differential, 100% electrically driven, 72 VDC/5 HP 

Body type : 3-door hatchback, fully enclosed, steel reinforced - structural composite monocoque construction

Curb weight : 1,025 lb (465 kg)

GVWR : 1,520 lb (690 kg)

Brakes : Dual hydraulic system, 4 wheel disc , 6.7 in. (172 mm) with electromagnetic regeneration

Wheel base : 67.7 in. (1720 mm)

Track : Front 46.9 in. (1190 mm), rear 47.2 in. (1200 mm) 

Suspension : Front : Independent front wheel suspension with two coil spring/shock units 
Rear : trailing arm with two coil spring/shock units

Steering : Automotive rack and pinion with permanently sealed tie-rod ends 

Price range : Retail $11,000 US – $13,000 US 
($17,000 CDN to $20,000 CDN)