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Jarret La Voiture Electronique-1969

Jarret La Voiture Electronique-1969

The Jarret brothers designed electric motors of a new kind – they were called switched reluctance motors, and they used this motor technology to design this new car from 1963-1968.  This car was designed to transport two people around a large company.  The Jarret was shown at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, and received a lot of interest.  It has a top speed of 18 mph.  The Jarret is unique because the front wheel is free, and the vehicle is driven by a joystick.  The two electric motors are directly connected to the rear wheels, and the vehicle is steered by changing the speed of one of the motors.  One disadvantage of this was at top speed, the vehicle would only go straight.  Brakes are by a hand brake only.  Only seven Jarret La Voiture Electroniques were built – afterwards a series of 100 Jarret Porquerolles were built but these cars had conventional motorization and mechanical steering, still with the joystick.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  La Societe Voiture Electronique
Country of Origin:  France
Engine:  49.5 ccm, single cylinder, air-cooled, 3.0 hp
Drivetrain Configuration:  Rear motors, rear wheel drive
Engine:  Electric
Transmission:  Direct Drive
Top Speed:  18 mph
Years of Production:  1963-1969
Number Produced:  7
Original Cost:  Unknown

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