The Story of the Forgotten Nissan Altra EV #ElectricCars
If you have never heard of the Altra EV or the other late 90/early oughts electric cars you aren’t alone. Great profile from Jalopnik on the Atra and the electric vehicles that weren’t:
The Altra was one of a number of electric vehicles born the last time folks thought battery electric vehicles were going mainstream. Anybody remember California preparing to enforce a mandate that 10 percent of new cars for sale in the state would be zero-emissions vehicles by 2003?
Laptops were barely getting lithium-ion batteries in the mid ’90s and here was a whole car powered by them. Forget how forgettable the Altra is to look at, Nissan wanted to showcase the technology under the sheetmetal.
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