Remembering the tiny quirky Enfield Electric Car from the 1970s [w/video]

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Remembering the tiny, quirky Electric Car from the 1970s

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Bell bottoms and collars from the 1970s strike some as kitschy, but the of an urban electric vehicle by UK-based Enfield during the part of that decade current. With Nissan production of its all-electric Leaf in in the UK earlier this year, the BBC the brief history of a car that it was ahead of its time.

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An interesting documentary by film Chris Paine called Who the electric car. examines the and destruction of the EV-1 automobile. vehicles which produced no fumes and used no gasoline one of the best General Motors vehicles made in limited in 1996, and leased by random selected by lotteries and referrals celebrities like Alexandra Alan S. Lowenthal (Calif. Senator), Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, and Ed Jr. It’s interesting who killed specific model of electric car and why were destroyed in the end after leasees insisted on renewing leases on the vehicles and GM denied the opportunity.

The cars were collected at the end of the and destroyed. Moral of this The EV-1 was too efficient of an electrical Used no gasoline, had no exhaust and required very little


@ larry ,

Um. this my come as a bit of a to you, but since Chris made this documentary in the vast majority of ABG readers seen this documentary, and about it endlessly.

The documentary a long, and mostly inaccurate that a conspiracy existed to electric cars, and EV’s in

The truth is always far less The EV 1, was never intended as a production it’s battery was insufficiently it’s size and configuration, was restrictive, electronics problematic, and if as a production car, would cost over $150,000. In no significant public charging existed.

Always ignored is the that GM built the car as an experimental By offering the EV1only as a lease, GM was to avoid the very expensive and requirements normally imposed on the of a new model, by the US federal authorities.

At the end of the lease period, the law obliged GM to the vehicles and ensure that were not resold for road

Anyone who has been involved the production of early EV’s tell you that the WKTEC was very sensationalist, and did far more than good, by creating a where none existed. It raised unrealistic expectations of performance.

Other electric produced around that experienced the same problems, billion dollar failures Vectrix etc..

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Films like WKTEC car new to you, and I congratulate you for your but for those familiar with the of EV technology, they are annoyingly

In the meantime, EV’s have a great deal, the advent of advanced electronics, lithium and better charging facilities, made a huge difference, quickly.

But the most important has been the hugely successful use of EV by Toyota Prius and Lexus

Electric cars (even have been able to be for over 150 years. In fact for the 25 years, EV’s were popular than gasoline It was only in 1914 with the electric self-starters did the ICE vehicle to make headway against electric rival.

It always been possible to an electric car, but the technology has never existed to build a that’s commercially viable. taken a combination of massive government support, and technical to produce the EV available for purchase

It’s also taken a of hard work, a dramatic in environmental awareness by the general higher fuel prices, massive advances in technology, etc to the existing market for EV’s.

factors didn’t exist in if GM had attempted to sell the EV1 in 1996-99, the would have been a failure, and may have destroyed in EV technology.

Marco — thanks for the lesson!

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