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 Tama Electric Vehicle
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After the war, Tachikawa Airplane Company (later the Prince Motor Company) diversified into automobiles, building an electric car at a borrowed factory in the town of Kitatamagun Chofu, Tokyo. Since gasoline was rationed in this period and the availability of fuel was low, the company focused on electric vehicles. Two prototypes (EOT-46) were completed in 1946, consisting of a converted Ohta truck with a battery stored under the cargo bed and a motor replacing the engine under the hood. The next year, in 1947, the EOT-47 prototype was completed with an independently designed body. It incorporated new ideas such as headlamps that were directly connected to the fender and an alligator style hood. The much-awaited ES-47 passenger version was completed in May and named "Tama" after the site of the factory.
The Tama was a 2-door sedan with a top speed of 35 km/h and a maximum range of 65 km on a single charge. In June, the company changed its name to Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co. and continued to release a succession of improved models. The 1949 model known as the Senior was capable of 200 km on a single charge.
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Storage location:NISSAN ZAMA MEMORIAL WAREHOUSE (2-5000, Hironodai, Zama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 228-0012)
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Year manufactured:1947
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Manufacturer:Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Tama Electric Vehicle
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Model name:E4S-47-1
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Company name:Tokyo Electric Motorcar Co.
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Year manufactured:1947
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Vehicle type/usage:Small electric passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Zama
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Model / Weight
Style:Sedan
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:4
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Vehicle weight:1050 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Wood frame and steel
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Bumpers:Steel
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Step:Provided
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Overall length:3200 mm (incl. bumper)
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Overall width:1270 mm
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Overall height:1650 mm
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Ladder type
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Front axle:Reverse Elliott type
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Rear axle:Semifloating type
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Wheelbase:2000 mm
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Steering:Worm and roller type
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Engine / Size / Power
Carburetor:None
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Max. power/r.p.m.:4.5 ps
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Fetures:Motor: 36 V, 120 A, battery: 40 V, 162 A
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:2 speed
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:1) "Nissan Jidosha Shashi (1964-1973)", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 1975; 2) Purinsu Jidosha Kogyo Shashi; 3) "Kokusan-sha 100 Nen No Kiseki" (Separate volume of Motor Fan)
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