TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS
The atmosphere was charged at Essen for a variety of reasons, not least of which the number of classic exhibits powered by electricity.
This seemingly modern innovation has actually been around for over a century, as witnessed by the world’s first electric car – an 1881 Ayrton & Perry. Frenchman Gustave Trouvé’s slightly earlier effort still required pedal power to work, but A&P’s car was the first fully roadworthy electric car. Other examples included early 20th century iterations in the forms of a Detroit Electric and Opel 6/16 PS. More recent exhibits included a 1990 Fiat Panda Elettra – a commercial flop thanks to its hefty weight and price – an Elektro-Golf MkI and a 1993 Citroën AX Electrique, whose 11kW shunt motor was good for a top speed of 91km/h and a 100km range.