As a part of the rollout of its e-2008 all-electric sport utility automobile, Peugeot reminds that it has practically 80 years of expertise with electrical autos.
Peugeot’s first EV wasn’t deliberate however was the results of what the French automaker phrases “merely ingenuity.”
In 1941, confronted with the German occupation of France and gas shortages as Europe went to struggle, Peugeot developed “a novel various for the time.
That various was the VLV, brief for Véhicule Léger de Ville, or “Mild Metropolis Automobile.” The VLV was a small cabriolet with two offset seats and an electrical drivetrain.
“This economical automobile, designed for city use, was supposed to fulfill the transport wants of these whose automobile had been requisitioned or couldn’t be pushed attributable to a scarcity of gas, which was usually rationed and really costly,” Peugeot mentioned in its retrospective information launch.
“Designed as a ‘cyclecar,’ with a large observe on the entrance and a slim observe on the rear, the VLV ran on electrical energy utilizing batteries saved within the entrance, and an electrical motor with no differential that powered the rear wheels.
“Its vary was 43 to 50 miles at speeds as much as 21 mph.”
Between 1941 and 1943, Peugeot produced 377 of those autos on the La Garenne manufacturing facility close to Paris. They have been used primarily for postal supply and by docs doing home calls.
It wasn’t till 1989 that Peugeot would do one other EV, the J5 electric-powered industrial van. In 1993, it started improvement on the 106 Electrical, a passenger automobile that went into manufacturing two years later.
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