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The Bombardier NEV

The Story

In 1996, the Canadian company that brought the world the Skidoo snowmobile unveils the NEV, or Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle. It's arrival marks the start of a movement for better vehicles designed for use in small, urban areas. The Bombardier NEV, which lists at $7,000 USD, is being marketed in Arizona, California and Florida. In this report from CBC-TV's Newswatch, we go for a test drive and learn more about the car's features.

Medium: Television
Program: Newswatch
Broadcast Date: July 8, 1996
Guests: Marcel Boutin, Paul Murray
Reporter: Lynn Herzeg
Duration: 2:16

Did You know?

• Bombardier developed the NEV electric car after their research showed that most car users travel less than two kilometres per trip, and usually in places where the speed limit was under 60 km/h.

• In September 1999, Bombardier stopped making the NEV without formally discontinuing its production. The company simply suspended its manufacture. At the time, Bombardier said it had sold around 10,000 NEVs to customers in the United States.

• Martin Dufresne, an analyst with Desjardins Securités at the time, stated that the company "underestimated the whole problem of a lack of a proper distribution network" for the car.

• In 2003, another electric vehicle called the ZENN debuted. The brainchild of Toronto entrepreneur Ian Clifford, ZENN stood for "zero emissions no noise". The car was an all-weather vehicle produced by several members of the Bombardier engineering team from a factory in St. Jérôme, Que.

• For more on electric cars around the world visit CBC News.ca.




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