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Ford Comuta

If you thought that the Ford Focus EV is one of the company’s first electric-powered cars, think again, as the Blue Oval worked out on an EV prototype more than four decades ago. They brought it to the 1967 Geneva Motor Show and it was the automaker’s first attempt at an EV, after 1913 when Henry Ford and Thomas Edison tried making a battery-powered car.

Ford Comuta

Getting back to this microcar, Ford named it Comuta and it offered enough space for two adults and two children. Top speed was rated at 40 mph and it had a range of 40 miles (if driven at 25 mph), which is not very bad at all.

Ford Comuta

It seems that this concept was developed by Ford of Britain and it had dual DC electric motors that put out 3.7 kW (5 hp) and were in fact originally designed as aircraft auxiliary units. The power came from four mid-mounted 12V lead-acid batteries.

Ford Comuta

The length of this tiny car was 6 feet and 8 inches, making it half as long as a Mustang. To really understand how small it was, you were able to park three Comutas in one single parking space. The car featured a “sophisticated” heating and cooling system and one of the optional features of the model was the battery-charge meter. The company advertised the Comuta as a city car with a turning radius of 18 feet and “automatic driving” without a transmission.

Ford Comuta

There were only two Ford Comuta models ever built and one of them still exists and it is exhibited at the Science Museum in London.

Source: Wired


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