I was at dinner at Patrick Mueller’s, a Swiss friend, when he asked me if I wanted to see his new electric car. “Sure!”, I said, walking to his garage expecting a Tesla or a Prius. Instead he showed me a close to 100 year old Detroit Electric. He’s upgraded it with a new battery, the rest is pretty much all original, including the motor. He gets over 100km on a charge and drives it to work and back every day (well, it being Switzerland, I’m guessing every sunny day). We took a test drive and the car feels much more modern than something from that era. One unusual and somewhat disconcerting detail is the car’s steering wheel – it doesn’t have one, you drive it using a lever instead. Patrick thinks there are fewer than 100 of these left in the world (of about 13,000 built).
4 replies on “100 year old electric car, a daily driver”
Very cool! Given the steering wheel issue, how hard was it to get this through Switzerland’s DMV inspection and licensing?
I’m guessing they have some exceptions for classic cars!
Can you imagine where we would be today with electrics if we did not get so fully sidetracked on internal combustion engines? Sigh.
What a speedometer ,, haha