SOURCE: Arena Solutions

January 30, 2008 08:00 ET

Nimble Upstart ZENN Motor Company Implements Arena PLM to Deliver New, Innovative Electric Vehicle to Market

ZENN Uses Arena to Control Product Information, Change Management, and Compliance While It Changes the World With Its Electric Vehicles

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that the nimble upstart ZENN Motor Company, a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative zero-emission electric vehicles, has adopted Arena PLM to help it leap-frog traditional automotive company competition and deliver transportation solutions that positively impact our environment and significantly reduce operating costs for drivers. ZENN Motor Company uses on-demand Arena PLM to manage its entire product record, control engineering changes, comply with industry regulations, and improve collaboration with the company's supply chain.

ZENN (Zero Emissions, No Noise) Motor Company (ZMC) was born from the idea there had to be a better way to move around cities without contributing to the huge degradation of air quality created by traditional cars. ZMC founders stepped up to tackle a serious environmental problem and in the process, are changing the world, one car at a time. The company has taken on old ways of thinking, and using on-demand Arena PLM technology to their advantage to come up as winners in a market that's poised for significant growth.

"We thrive on providing drivers with choices they can feel good about. Working with our internationally respected partners, including Arena Solutions, we're bringing the world's finest zero-emission vehicles to market and setting a new standard for what electric vehicles should be," said Michael Bergeron, vice president, Engineering, ZENN Motor Company. "Arena PLM gives us the ability to manage a tremendous amount of product information, collaborate with our key suppliers, and comply with industry standards -- all with extreme confidence -- as we bring our game-changing ZENN vehicles to market."

Prior to adopting Arena PLM, ZENN experienced significant growth, going from concept to shipping over 200 units in less than 18 months. The company sought and found in Arena Solutions a PLM system that would give it the ability to connect its manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada and major suppliers in both Europe and North America, a standardized engineering change order (ECO) process, the ability to quickly comply with industry standards, and accurately share appropriate information with ZENN's key supply chain partners. The company has since been able to provide its engineering teams with product information, including product costing, earlier in the development cycle, to fuel continued improvement to the product, prevent costly mistakes, enable the team to reuse components, and drive cost improvements.

With a small IT staff, ZENN Motor Company was also able to benefit from Arena PLM's web native, on-demand (SaaS) delivery platform, which meant they didn't need to invest in new hardware or any additional IT support, something that would have been required of them had they chosen traditional client/server PLM software. Arena PLM offered ZMC significant advantages related to connectivity, in addition to cost savings, security, ease of implementation and use. Through a free-trial program, ZMC was able to easily upload several BOMs, create a change process, and learn basic system administration in Arena PLM before they ever subscribed to the service. Shortly after the trial, ZENN Motor Company implemented a customized version of Arena PLM in just five weeks.

"Changing the world is a daunting task, but for visionary companies like ZENN Motor Company, it just takes one vehicle at a time. Each time ZMC delivers another vehicle, our environment is better off for it. The company is a nimble upstart that has just what it takes to leap-frog the traditional car companies and make electric cars for the average consumer become a reality," said Michael Topolovac, chief executive officer, Arena Solutions. "We're thrilled they are gaining ground and using our Arena PLM technology to support their effort."

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand (SaaS) product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, collaboration and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start-IT Magazine's "Hottest" Companies and Top 50 Manufacturing Technologies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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