Green Vehicles From Quebec

T-Rex, a green vehicle from Quebec

The time is certainly ripe for environmentally-friendly cars. You may even find encouragement from your local government. It appears that in Ontario “green” cars may well be getting perks. Some U.S. states, like California, have even opened carpool lanes for hybrid drivers who apply for a special sticker, even if they’re travelling solo.

As the Montr?al Gazette tells us this morning, a Plessisville company is set to invade California next month with its high-speed, three-wheeled electric car – The Silence.

T-Rex Vehicles Inc. of Plessisville is introducing electric versions of its high-performance sports product to the West Coast state in mid-September to carry out what company president Guy Bourassa calls a live-market study. Bourassa said T-Rex’s The Silence model, built and fine-tuned over the past two years, aims to become the first high-speed electric vehicle (HEV) ready for production and distribution to North American consumers.

According to the website, the non-electric version has very impressive performance: 0-60 mph: 4.1 sec. with top speed of 140 mph. Not surprisingly it’s classified as a motorcycle. However you might see it as a distant relative of the Morgan automobiles.

For those more ready to go with the flow, another green car produced in Qu?bec at St. Jerome may be more appropriate. It’s the ZENN car (Zero Emissions No Noise) made by the Feel Good Cars company of Toronto.

ZENN not only looks like a car; it performs like one, too. Equipped with front-wheel drive, brisk acceleration and capable of achieving a regulated maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), it keeps pace with traffic on local streets to get you where you’re going safely and in good time. And ZENN’s battery efficiency gives you the freedom to cover a lot of ground: approximately 35 miles per charge (56 kilometres).

Such cars are already in use at places like Ferndale, Michigan.

Hopefully both versions of these Qu?bec green vehicles will be successful in their very different markets.