Transport Canada and Zenn Motor Co. have been arguing for months over mixing the company's low-speed electric vehicles with regular cars on city streets.
The Zenn (Zero emissions no noise) vehicle - which company CEO Ian Clifford says will hit Quebec roads by the end of December - came under scrutiny after a series of crash tests by Transport Canada were made public this week.
The dramatic footage - which raises concern over the safety of all low-speed vehicles - provoked a heated exchange between Transport Canada and Clifford, who is marketing the Zenn for use on roads with speed limits of 50 km/hour or lower.
Broadcast by the French TV network TVA, the footage showed the hoods flying off several low speed vehicles as they were crashed into a wall at 40 km/hr. Clifford defended the performance of the Zenn, which is assembled in St. Jérôme from chassis imported from France.