I see that stins just added the cityZenn to the Huddler products section. I hadn't heard of this EV before now, but it sounds freakin' kickass.
80 mph top speed (pretty standard for highway speed EVs), but 250 miles per charge. That whoops the Miles Javlon (80 mph, 120 miles/charge) and ZAP Alias (100 mph, 100 miles/charge), which are due out at roughly the same time (late 2009). No word on the pricing, except Zenn claims it will be "cost-competitive with combustion engine vehicles."
That's not very revealing, since combustion engine vehicles vary wildly in price, but if they can get it into the $30-40,000 price range, that would be huge. The reason they have longer proposed range than Miles and ZAP is that they're using ultracapacitorrs rather than traditional batteries, which are supposed to be "longer lasting, lighter, more powerful, and environmentally friendly than current battery technologies."
Article on ultracapacitors here.
The thought was that ultracapacitor use in EVs was still years away, but this company being used by ZENN (EEstor) claims to have developed the technology and already has a production facility.
So if they can meet these goals (reasonably affordable EV with 80 mph top speed and 250 miles/charge by fall 2009), that would be a huge development in the EV industry. Needless to say, I've added the cityZENN to my 'I want it' list :-)
Edited by dana1981 - Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:17:56 UTC