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I can't wait to get my new VOLT! In the late 1980's through 90's
I owned a Fiat Strada all electric car which I used daily for years.
It ran flawlessly on lead acid batteries and was recharged overnight.
It even had electric assisted brakes.

The car cost the city of Fort Collins (with federal grants) over
$20,000 in 1980 dollars, and in 7 years the city drove it a total
of only 300 miles! Guess they weren't ready to convert!

Now we are 28 years later finally with something that will be
practical for the majority of drivers!

Lead acid batteries were very temperature sensitive not to mention
the weight and mess to maintain. Just topping off 17 batteries
weekly was a chore! Watch the acid backsplash on the long
sleeve shirts!

I am excited to join the club and at 56 years old I am grateful
to see a real revolution at last!
 

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Hi Brett,

Welcome to the forum. I googled "Fiat Strada" and "electric" and could find no reference to an EV. Was this an EV customization?

Tom
 

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Welcome to the forums, Brett! I too, am hopeful for a rEVolution.
 

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A must have been. The city bought 7. Several were Mitsubishi minivans.
They had 16 6 volt lead acid batteries and 1 twelve volt to run everything
else. No air conditioning, and electric heat. I had no manuals nor could I
find any so I went to a fork truck supply and repair company for service and
we always seemed to figure it out. My range averaged 30 miles. Less in winter.
Yours, Brett
 
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