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Electric backers hope to give folks a jolt

THE pride and joy of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association is its 1912 Detroit Electric – yep, you read that right, a 100-year-old electric car. Take that, Nissan Leaf.

The machine in question had a range of about 160 kilometres originally, and was once stored in the basement of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, ready to leap into action at any moment to ferry its wealthy original owner about town without any of that tricky Model T pedal work.

Today the car lives in the Stave Lake hydroelectic dam, and the original nickel-iron batteries have been replaced with lead-acid ones, reducing the range to a still-respectable 60-80 km. If you’d like to clap eyes on the thing, why don’t you mosey on down to this year’s ElectraFest, held at the Concord Pacific lot, just east of BC Place.

It’s free, in case you were wondering, and all sorts of other electrified transportation will be there, from the lightning-quick Tesla Model S to the aforementioned Nissan Leaf, to electric bicycles, to battery-powered skateboards and plug-in hybrid work trucks – I think someone’s even bringing an electric unicycle. The atmosphere will be. .. exciting. Ha! Thought I was going to say “electric,” didn’t you? Not to worry – I displayed considerable. .. resistance.

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