First Built In The 1970s, A Revamped EV Can Hit 100 MPH
The Enfield 8000 Electric City Car was a tiny, handbuilt, all-electric product of the oil crises in the seventies. A British enthusiast has turned one into a high-po electric dragster, swapping its 6-kWh motor for one with 1,003 horsepower.
Bell bottoms and oversized collars from the 1970s might strike some as kitschy, but the concept of an urban electric vehicle pioneered by UK-based Enfield during the early part of that decade remains current. With Nissan starting production of its all-electric Leaf in Sunderland in the UK earlier this year, the BBC recounts the brief history of a car that it says was ahead of its time.
A UK-based car journalist has bought a 1974 Enfield 8000 battery-electric vehicle and has big? little? big plans to soup up the two-seater with a modern, more powerful electric motor. The car's original electric motor was damaged in a flood, according to writer Jonny Smith's blog.