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EXAR-1 promotion video

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by tonybelding, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    A piece of history. . .

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7278343421942684235

    I find the Amectran EXAR-1 to be the most fascinating of all the past electric car efforts. It seems to wander back and forth across the lines that separate real promise, vaporware, and outright fraud. My intuition is that Ramirez was 100% sincere when he began his business to make an electric car, but he just didn't know when to give up.

    Incidentally, the EXAR-1 prototype is still out there somewhere. (It's listed on the Austin EV marketplace website.) It's in sad shape, from what I've heard. The whole powertrain has been stripped out, and somebody had started to customize the body and then gave up halfway through. I'm told it's probably salvageable if anybody were to take an interest and was willing to expend the resources. It would be very cool to restore it and fit it with an updated electric powertrain. That would be a truly historical and one-of-a-kind EV.

    I would be tempted to tackle it myself, if I hadn't already committed to getting a Tesla. :)
     
  2. Brent

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    Pretty cool!

    But lead acid batteries with a 100 mile range?
     
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    Deepens

    From here: Ev Archive for August 2002



    The author asks:

    BTW, has anybody heard whether Edmond
    X. Ramirez, who managed to keep the Amectran
    "Exar-1" investment scam going for more than
    *20 years* before being sentenced in 1999 to six
    years in jail for fraud in Minnesota -- has been
    released (for "good behavior?!" :) )
     

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