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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The first Japanese EV after WW2

In 1947, when Nissan Tama EV (electric vehicle) was born as a result of the Allied forces seek to limit the supply of fuel to the Rising Sun country as a consequence of the country that lost the war.

The first Nissan electric car was a two-door car with the lead-acid battery powered and developed in post-war by the engineers of the Tachikawa Airplane Company, one of Japanese aircraft company. The company eventually changed its name to Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co.
1947 Nissan Tama was the Nissan Leaf  ancestor and also known as the first Japanese electric vehicles. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1katAjx)
Later the company changed again to Prince Motor Company and then joined by Nissan, which then makes the Tama electric car, although not very strong, but actually become part of the heritage of Nissan electric vehicles.
Interior and dashboard view of 1947 Nissan Tama. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1vE1Nhn)
When testing by Japan's Ministry of transportation, Tama EV managed to travel as far as 96.3 km for a single charge with a maximum speed of 35.4 kph using the electric motor that has a voltage of 36 volts. It was used as a taxi and in similar roles until 1950.

One of which was inherited by Nissan Tama is the front opening hood like a crocodile's mouth which are not common at the time, but now embraced by almost all types of cars in the world. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NISSAN]
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