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Let's just say the Courb C-ZEN had a bit of a home-court advantage when Technologic Vehicles got to test drive the two-seat electric vehicle.

Unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Courb-designed, Valence Technology-powered C-ZEN electric concept car arrived at the party packing a 15kW electric motor and one of Valence's patented lithium-iron-magnesium-phosphate (LiFeMgPO4) battery packs. Boasting an impressive range of 125 miles and a decent top speed of 68 miles per hour, the C-ZEN is targeted at urban dwellers, particularly of the younger generation, who reside in European cities.

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Not long ago, the guys at Top Gear had the chance to enjoy a Tesla Roadster (sadly, the video of that much-discussed event is no longer available). Two things Jeremy Clarkston and crew criticized were the Tesla's range and brakes. The Roadster has now made a strong counter-claim about its range. Recently, a Roadster was taken to the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives where it managed to go 241 miles on a single charge, just about the maximum range the Roadster is rated for (244 miles).

As soon as we heard the announcement about Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp and Ford's Smith-built Transit Connect coming to America, our minds soon turned to the battery supplier of that company, Valence Technology. The Austin, Texas-based firm keeps a lower profile than some of its competitors like A123 and Enerdel preferring, it seems, to quietly go about the business of being putting its batteries into vehicles as diverse as the Segway and the PV1 truck.

Just before EVS23 kicked off, Valence Technology announced a new, large-format lithium battery called Epoch.