[DML] Re: Major milestone in the Electric DeLorean project
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[DML] Re: Major milestone in the Electric DeLorean project



Bill,

In the late 70s and early 80s, there were thousands of electric Datsuns 
with power steering and air conditioning that were built by Lectra 
motors.

The PS steering had little impact on range.   The AC cut range 10-25% 
depending up use (outside temp).

More importantly, these vehicles had a range of 50-70 miles.   So for 
the average commute, the AC had little impact.

The reason the AC had a small impact, due to the peukert effect.   A 
small constant drain on the batteries is not a significant as the heavy 
amp drain on acceleration.   A small constant drain allows a deeper 
discharge, than a high amp drain.

I got to drive one of these Datsuns with the AC in October.   What a 
great all electric car.

A video on Al Sawyer who built these cars will soon be available.   It 
is who killed the electric car part 2.  Part 1 is from the 1900s.  and 
part 3 is the one that talks about the GM.

Lectra motors was doing great until (GM and Chrsyler) were able to get 
control of 51% of the stock through a 3rd party and then, they fired 
everyone and closed the doors just as Lectra was  doubling production 
to 60 cars per month.

BTW, there is an electric car from 1926 in the Museum of Science and 
Industry here in Chicago.  The car has been there for at least 50 
years.   The sign on the window in front of the car says,  GM bought 
the company in 1926 and then closed it.

Gee,  even in 1926 GM was making sure electrics were killed.

Bob



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