Be A Model Citizen In An Electric cityZENN

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week: the electric cityZENN by ZENN Motors

What is it?
With the ZENN Hatchback neighborhood EV already on the road, ZENN Motors has been looking to get out their highway speed vehicle. Enter the cityZENN. With a planned top speed of 80 MPH and a range of 250 miles, the cityZENN will be powered by EEStor barium-titanate ceramic ultracapacitors.

Why is it better?
As we’ve seen, it looks like 2010 will be a big year for the electric car. And as gas prices go up, going electric will let you avoid the pump (and the emissions). ZENN reports that its operating costs will be 1/10th of a typical internal combustion engine. In fact, ZENN stands for zero-emission, no-noise. All of those aspects to the cityZENN are major bonuses.

The cityZENN is a great option for an EV because of its expected range (as a comparison, the Tesla Roadster has a range of 200 miles and the highway speed Myers Motors NmG, formerly known as the Corbin Sparrow, gets 30 miles per charge). With EEStor, which is currently operating more or less in stealth mode, the EV will be rechargeable in less than 5 minutes.

Where can you find it?
Well, that’s the one drawback. You have to wait for the cityZENN. Right now the target launch is fall of 2009 (let’s just cross our fingers that doesn’t get pushed back).

But keep checking for updates on Huddler’s Green Home and on the ZENN Motor Company website.

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.

8 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    If the EEStor devices operate as claimed and are priced as claimed,there will be Chapter 11 actions for all other battery companies. The EESTor's will be the first practical auto battery in history and it's goodbye petroleum based private transportation.

  2. Michael Davis
    Michael Davis says:

    Sounds great – will it have the same range at 80mph though or will the range drop significantly at highway speeds? I really hope they can launch it before the end of next year and that it will be available in Europe.

  3. Yehuda Draiman
    Yehuda Draiman says:

    Our war for energy independence and economic sustainabilityThe US government and other governments are not serious about energy efficiency and renewable energy development and implementation – they are too busy playing politics and capitulating to the Oil Companies.IT is time to get series to avert an economic catastrophe – I hope it is not too lateThe world needs to invest $50 trillion in energy in coming decades, building some 1,400 nuclear power plants and vastly expanding wind power, solar power, geothermal energy in order to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an energy study released Friday.The report by the Paris-based International Energy Agency envisions an “energy revolution” that would greatly reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels while maintaining steady economic growth.”Meeting this target of 50 percent cut in emissions and replacing fossil fuel represents a formidable challenge, and we would require immediate policy action and technological transition on an unprecedented scale,” IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said.The scenario for deeper cuts would require massive investment in energy technology development and deployment, a wide-ranging campaign to dramatically increase energy efficiency, and a wholesale shift to renewable sources of energy.Assuming an average 3.4 percent global economic growth over the 2010-2050 period, governments and the private sector would have to make additional investments of $50 trillion in energy, or 1.2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, the report said.That would be an investment more than three times the current size of the entire U.S. economy.In addition, the world would have to construct 38 new nuclear power plants each year, and wind-power turbines would have to be increased by 18,000 units annually, solar energy output would have to be increased 20 fold every year.Let us not forget as we are increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency – the world population is increasing – the demand for energy by advancement in technology worldwide is also increasing. We have to take these factors into account.Oil is going to hit at least $200 per barrel, gasoline at the pump will hit $6 or more per gallon, in some countries it is already $10 per gallon.Most of the money would be in the commercialization of energy technologies developed by governments and the private sector.”If industry is convinced there will be policy for serious, actions for accelerated development of renewable energy and efficiency, then these investments will be made by the private sector.” People are hurting financially and economically, this must end, we should strive for a thriving economy with new technology for renewable energy and efficiency.We have the technology and knowhow let us stop playing politics – unite our people and our nation in a common goal to avert an economic disaster and maintain our quality of life for generations to come. Let us serve as an example to the rest of the world.Jay Draiman, Energy Analyst – June 8, 2008

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Draiman doesn't seem to have any qualms about slandering the members of Congress and Executive because they supposedly aren't rushing to pump billions into crappy and idiotic alternative energy scams like those that he's shilling for. If Drainman bothered to look, he would realize that there are NO, rpeat NO, viable alternative energy technologies at present worth beans except for solar thermal, which, while it can be dispatchable for a few hours, making it infinitely more valuable that absurdly overpriced, useless wind, wave and photovoltaic, is still not completely reliable – even in the deserts there are 30 or more cloudy days every year. Until the alternative energy folks stop trying to blame others for their evil destruction of the only reliable, and affordable source of carbon free power (nuclear) and admit that they are therefore the cause of any carbon emission issues at this point, they don't deserve an audience – they are demonstrable liars. Draiman's claim that the Feds need to pour money into any of these technologies is transparent hogwash – the solar thermal and PVand battery industry is practically overwhelmed with investment capital. Does Drainman really believe that Fed money could possible make any difference? Draiman is simply out of touch with the reality of the EV and general alternative energy scene.

  5. Jay Draiman
    Jay Draiman says:

    Renewable Energy Manufactures/suppliers should use their own product to manufacture.The manufacturers’ of Solar Panels and other forms of renewable energy with related support products manufactures/suppliers – should have at least the decency to practice what they preach what they market to the public.That would be the best marketing approach I can think off.If they believe in the product they manufacture/sell, they should utilize it to its fullest potential.It will give the manufacturer the actual experience of utilizing the product on a daily basis, view and experience any shortcoming or improvements that are needed, implement the improvements and capitalize on that revision to improve the product and its performance. This will instill confidence in the public to purchase the product.Jay Draiman, Energy AnalystPSAs with any new technology, PV will become more efficient, cheaper and cleaner to produce. In order for this to happen we (Governments / NGOs / Individuals) need to invest more time and money into making PV viable, e.g. through increased incentives, regulations, technical standards, R&D, manufacturing processes and generating consumer demand.Just like the automobile industry, the manufacture used its own product.Over the years the automobile industry and technology has evolved from the early 1900 to what it is today the year 2008.I predict that in 10 years the automobile we know today will change drastically for the better, with new fuel technology and other modification that will improve its scales of economy and features.

  6. zenalgorithm
    zenalgorithm says:

    At current nuclear capacity, we will run out of uranium in 235 years. If the U.S. builds just 200 new nuclear reactors, we'll run out of uranium in about 75 years. Many other countries want to build nuclear plants as well – which would only expedite "peak uranium". I don't have problems with our government allowing some more nuclear plants, but nuclear energy isn't the long term answer. Why would we want to become more dependent on another scarce resource which would inevitably skyrocket in price just as oil is doing now?Solar power will become the most cost-effective energy solution starting in 2015. We shouldn't have "peak sunlight" for at least another 5 billion years.

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