• Dec 10th 2010 at 2:50PM
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It's been a while (five months, to be precise) since we wrote about ZENN, the small Canadian automaker powertrain maker that had hoped to change the world through that mythical EEStor ultracapacitor technology. Well, the company has ended its silence with an email newsletter and the news is modest – and there's only one mention of EEStor.

ZENN representatives have been busy doing what a company that wants to sell its ZENNergy Drive components should do: go make contacts. ZENN Motor Company president and chief operating Officer Brian Cott went to Shenzhen, China to speak at a car-centric "Invest in Canada" event and he found "an industry 'primed' for the best enabling technology that will transform electric vehicles from 'alternative' to mainstream," in the words of Ian Clifford, ZENN's chief executive officer. Clifford also wrote:
As part of its go-to-market strategy, ZMC has been cultivating relationships with OEMs globally. Our contacts at these OEMs are closely watching ZMC's and EEStor's progress as they are keenly aware of the significant advantages and differentiation inherent in deploying our technology and solutions. Given the sheer size and potential of the Chinese automotive market alone, it is a market that the Company will continue to pay close attention to.
You can find the entire newsletter after the jump.

[Source: ZENN]


Dear ZENN Enthusiast,

Last month, ZMC President & Chief Operating Officer Brian Cott was invited by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada to present at their "Invest in Canada" event held in Shenzhen, China. The focus of the event was to highlight the many advantages when conducting business in Canada and to promote possible investment by Asian companies into Canada. The event was specifically automotive focused.

At the same time, many in the electric vehicle industry were gathering at the 25th annual "World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition" or EVS25 also held in Shenzhen. Given that this conference was based in China, it was a clear opportunity for the Chinese government and automakers to demonstrate their commitment to advancing electric vehicle technology and market adoption. According to Brian, the scale of the conference was striking, with well over a hundred exhibitors including many European and American automakers who were generally represented by their joint-ventures with Chinese counterparts. There are serious government incentives in China to promote the development and purchase of electric vehicles and this was evidenced by both the number of participants and attendees at the show. This reflects an industry "primed" for the best enabling technology that will transform electric vehicles from 'alternative' to mainstream.

As part of its go-to-market strategy, ZMC has been cultivating relationships with OEMs globally. Our contacts at these OEMs are closely watching ZMC's and EEStor's progress as they are keenly aware of the significant advantages and differentiation inherent in deploying our technology and solutions. Given the sheer size and potential of the Chinese automotive market alone, it is a market that the Company will continue to pay close attention to.

From our perspective, the Chinese are experiencing the same EV 'growing pains' as the rest of the world. Global automakers are under immense pressure to demonstrate that electric vehicles are commercially viable, especially once government subsidies are no longer as significant a part of the mix, and that consumers WILL benefit from the eventual shift from fossil fuel-based power to electricity. Global automakers have largely come to the same conclusion about where the industry is heading although all are carving their own path to get there; we look forward to working as a strategic partner with many of them. This opportunity to revisit some of the OEMs in China was an excellent chance to further position ourselves as a truly global enabler of electric vehicle technologies.

Our website is currently undergoing a redesign. In the future, all stakeholders will be able to access the presentations from past events as well as see what speaking opportunities, conferences etc...are on our corporate agenda.

All the Best,

Ian Clifford
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
ZENN Motor Company

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I mean, it sounded like we were gonna see some sort of actual NA products before too long. Where's the beef?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice . . . hopefully Zenn & EEStor can sucker a lot of money out of the Chinese.
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        • 4 Years Ago
        i'd take your comment a bit more seriously Notredomous if you had any other opinions besides EEStor. you have 20 comments on this site ( http://green.autoblog.com/profile/3384448/ ) and they are all EEStor bashing.

        i invested in ZMC a few years ago and i am not impressed with the lack progress in bringing the EESU to market. i don't feel the need to troll every Zenn/EEStor related post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice find.

        I think it was clear, from nearly the beginning, to anyone not blinded by wishful thinking that EEstor was a scam.
      • 4 Years Ago
      zenn is bizarre. defies all logic to so blatantly try to scam everyone. they must have some really gullible wealthy investors
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sad, really. At first Zenn was suckered in, now they're shilling for the ones who fooled them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nah Zenn wasn't suckered. Ian has been dodging just a much as eestor, lie after lie for years and from day one. really is a mystery exactly was their major malfunction is but it's big. really sick minds. Bernie Madoff is a straight shooter by comparison. it's really hard for a sound mind like mine to fathom people can be that twisted with such endurance. not just a heat of the moment mistake but an enduring progressive global campaign of lies. and I'd guess Ian doesn't really know he's lying. it's that level of weird. kleiner perkins and lockheed martin thrown into the insanity..
      • 4 Years Ago
      So are they going to try to scam China now too?
      Otherwise i don't know what they're gonna do over there. Because actually making a product seems to be off the table.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know you're in trouble when Steorn is offers more details than you do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If EEstor is a scam, they sure are pushing it to the limit. It would be pretty funny if they the DO have a product, and they actually demonstrate it next year, wouldn't it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, that would sure break the decade long pattern of broken deadlines for delivery. But considering that we haven't even seen a tiny model EEStor, let alone any tests of said technology, I'm betting that they'll just keep missing deadlines until they run out of gullible investors and go bankrupt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @LXicon, I couldn't give a rat's ass if you take my comments seriously. If there is a policy on green.autoblog that I broke because I am commenting only on EESCAM, then tell Sebastian Blanco to block my IP.

      What I posted was a comment from an employee of the Air Force Research lab. Evidently you haven't read the AFRL emails. Not one AFRL employee has commented anything positive about EESTor. To you and all the pumpers of EESCAM/Zenn they must be trolls and bashers like me. I am proud to be on the side of the AFRL employees. The blogger with the bag over his head has basically call them assholes. Baghead should look in the mirror before he calls anyone assholes.

      I hope there is a criminal investigation as suggested there might be in the AFRL email. The FBI could start first investigating Baghead and his team of pumpers of EESCAM!!! It should be very easy for the FBI to track the phone call from K st. to the AFRL. Then they must investigate how the "invite" email which SAM ABUELSAMID blogged about was used for pumping Zenn stock by the blogger with the bag over his head and his team. You wouldn't be against any criminal investigation of EESCAM/Zenn, would you?

      BTW-Baghead's Brennan's clownboyz are pumping EESCAM's reveal day is Dec. 17, 2010, this Friday Wright Brothers day. Why don't you load up on Zenn stock....Dick Weir was assembling EESUs and ahead of schedule June 2009.



      • 4 Years Ago
      I drive by Eestor's location every week or so, and they are there Monday through Friday. I know they can't divulge, so I don't stop, but I am always glad to see they are still working. I figure a little mad money in Zenn stock won't kill me if it goes away, but it could also pay the house off someday.

      As a lay person who has been waiting 30 years for EVs to happen for real, I just hope that Eestor or one of the several other teams working on similar products will succeed in bringing the technology to mass market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I invested in zenn and watched it go down the tube? why? So in early Dec 2010 I went by
      the Eestor office where they are located It was in a business park near Austin, Tx and it appeared that they had about 5000sq ft. One older lady was coming out of the front door and then locking it, I ask her what eestor was doing? wererthey testing ect. she would only say I can not talk about eestor. I kept asking her questions and I could tell she was very uncomfortable in talking with me, her only comment would be I can not talk about eestor. she said that about 10 or 15 times.
      thats all I know.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny they haven't even rolled out EESTOR in North America.
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