Nissan 1947 Tama EV, the first Electric Vehicle in Post-War Japan

April 4, 2013 / No Comments

It has been rightly said that necessity is the mother of invention, at least it is true when we consider the first electric vehicle by Nissan. A new video posted by the automaker explains the situations that led to the manufacturing of their first electric vehicle.

tamaev Nissan 1947 Tama EV, the first Electric Vehicle in Post War Japan

Nissan’s Tama EV, the first electric model, was built in 1947. During that time Japan was trying to rebuild the infrastructure that was destroyed during World War II and it was a difficult situation for the country as raw materials were limited and gasoline was rationed.

A team of engineers from Tachikawa Airplane Company (later renamed Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co. and then Price Motor Company and merged with Nissan in 1966) came up with an excellent idea of a revolutionary vehicle that could run on electricity.

This legendary vehicle was named Tama and it used a 36-volt lead-acid battery to achieve 60 miles of range and had a top speed of 22 miles per hour.

The vehicle has a wood frame design that is covered in steel. The front-opening “alligator” hood of the Tama was odd at the time, but now every automobile maker follows the same design.

Take a look at the video below.