The BuzzJay Leno takes on classic Detroit EV

Jay Leno takes on classic Detroit EV


In the weird void that spans the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, where the majority of the world sits around contemplating what they’re meant to be doing with their lives, motor-mad Jay Leno treated us to a short YouTube video highlighting what projects he was currently working on for his TV series Jay Leno’s Garage.

Out of the unsurprisingly large collection of beauties in process is a 1914 Detroit Electric classic electric-powered car, which Leno, with the help of EV tuner Simple Solutions Inclusive, plans to bring into the 21st century with a spark.

The car was picked up as a rolling shell, without its original, 100-year old electric motor, which means Leno had no guilt about what he planned – adding a whole lot more power. Using an ultra-modern UQM 380V motor, the car will incorporate a lithium-ion battery system from the all-new Nissan Leaf to offer up around ten times the original power of the car in a similarly sized overall drivetrain.

The lorry-esque size of the car’s original rear differential suggests that even a century ago, car manufacturers were more than aware of the potentials electric motors had in terms of grunt and torque.

We cannot wait to see how this one pans out…

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