PHOTO CAPTION: Camille Jenatzy was first to break 100km/hr speed barrier in his 1899 electric car, La Jamais Contente.

Electric Cars Are Nothing New

Former Pirelli Tire North America CEO addresses local Rotary Club.

Published: 18-Jun-2009

Cars that run on electricity were developing right up until gasoline-powered engines were developed, Gaetano “Guy” Mannino told the Seven Hills Rotary Club on Tuesday.

The first electric car race was in 1896, Mannino said. In 1899, an electric car set land-speed record at 62 miles per hour.

But after gasoline, electric car development stopped until 1974 and the beginning of a cycle of gasoline shortages and rising prices, according to Mannino.


The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.

The two-seat models of the LC3 to sell for about $8,500 and four-seat models to sell for $11,000. Vehicles comply with FMVSS 500 low-speed electric vehicle standards.


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