Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

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.

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