Monday, December 29, 2008

Even More Electric Cars?

ZENN Electric CarOn my previous posts of electric vehicles I listed 6 internationally available electric vehicles. Who says there is not enough choice out there? I am still coming across additional manufacturers churning out these zero impact people movers.

The Zenn Motor Company based out of Canada produces the Zenn electric car. It is a full electric model that has a regulated top speed of 25 MPH and claims to have a range of 35 - 50 miles on a single charge. They are sold in North America. I am unable to find a price for this vehicle. I'll have to see if I can contact a dealer to get a base price.

Mini-EMini-E is a product from BMW's Mini Division. The Mini-E is relatively new in the electric car field and looking for 500 buyers to be the "guinea pigs". The car is supposed to have a range of 150 miles and is capable of keeping up with it's gasoline brothers on any street or highway. We'll have to see how far the Mini takes this project. The cost of the Mini is similar to the gasoline versions, about $28,000.
If gas prices stay as low as they are today in the US, these electric options will be a tougher sell. I'm hoping that the Electric Vehicle market really keeps at it for the sake of Carbon reduction. It would be nice to have electric cars be a viable means of transportation, making it more mainstream than side show.

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