Jay Leno To Modernize 1914 Detroit Electric – Video
Jay Leno presented a project for the 2016 season of Jay Leno’s Garage which centers around the restoration of a 1914 Detroit Electric.
The glider, in pretty poor shape, was bought for $1,000 – without motor or batteries.
The goal is to install a modern drivetrain – UQM electric motor and increase power output by 10 times the original amount.
On the battery side, a Nissan LEAF pack (24 kWh) will be installed partially in the front and back.
This 1914 Detroit Electric really could turn out to be an excellent project, and fun as well, as the new version will get air conditioning and bluetooth – things that were not even dreamed of one hundred years ago.