May 27, 2009 / 3:06 PM / in 9 years

UPDATE 2-Electric car maker Zenn posts wider loss

* Q2 net loss C$2 mln vs loss C$1.8 mln

* Revenue down 47 pct on sluggish auto sector (Adds details, background; in U.S. dollars unless noted)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 27 (Reuters) - Electric car maker Zenn Motor Co ZNN.V posted a slightly wider second-quarter net loss as the downturn in the automotive sector hurt its revenue.

For the quarter ended March 31, Toronto-based Zenn reported a net loss of C$2 million ($1.8 million), compared with a loss of C$1.8 million a year ago.

Gross revenue fell 47 percent to C$391,227.

“Revenue in the quarter reflects the general malaise of the auto industry,” Chief Executive Ian Clifford said in a statement.

At March 31, Zenn, which stands for Zero Emission No Noise, had working capital of C$12.4 million.

Zenn shares were up 6 Canadian cents at C$5.16 on the Toronto Venture Exchange.

Last week, Zenn confirmed positive test results for a battery being developed by its U.S. partner EEStor Inc. EEStor is trying to develop a battery that will allow electric cars to reach highway speeds over long distances while only needing minutes to recharge.

Zenn said it will invest between $2 million and $5 million to increase its share of privately held EEStor to as much as 10.5 percent from about 3.8 percent held currently.

Zenn, which makes low-speed, short-range electric vehicles, has hinged its plans to produce a highway-capable electric vehicle on EEStor’s energy storage system.

$1=$1.11 Canadian Reporting by Nicole Mordant and R. Manikandan in Bangalore; editing by Rob Wilson

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