Transportation Minister Jim Bradley says he'd like to
see electric cars with zero greenhouse gas emissions approved for
use on Ontario roads.
ZENN Motor Company, a Toronto firm which manufacturers small,
low-speed electric cars in Quebec, has been trying to get the
vehicles approved for use in Ontario.
ZENN stands for zero emissions, no noise, which perfectly
describes the nearly silent urban cars, which can go up to 40
kilometres per hour.
Bradley says he wants to meet with ZENN's executives himself and
have Ministry of Transportation staff work with the company to
address any outstanding safety issues.
ZENN cars have received the National Safety Mark from Transport
Canada, approving them for use in the country, but each province has
its own standards and Bradley says there are still safety issues to
British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in Canada so far to
introduce regulations to allow low-speed vehicles on streets, but
ZENN cars are legal to drive in many American states.