Watch Nissan introduce a 1947 Tama EV

Since its launch in 2011, Nissan has delivered over 50,000 Leaf electric cars to customers around the world.

Not many people know that Nissan owns an electric vehicle built back in 1947. After the World War II, the winning side tried to limit petrol supply to Japan and as a result the Tachikawa Airplane company build an electric vehicle called Tama that had a range about 60 miles on a single charge and a top speed of 22 mph.

Tachikawa Airplane company was later renamed to Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co. and then to Price Motor Company, which merged with Nissan in 1966.

The Tama EV had a wood frame which was covered with steel and also a front opening bonnet, that was not usual at the time, but is now part of most production cars.


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