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1971 CGE Gregoire

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1971 CGE Gregoire 1971 CGE Gregoire 1971 CGE Gregoire During the infancy of the automobile, experiments were made with various fuel sources including steam, fossil fuels, and electricity. Electrically powered vehicles had tremendous potential because they were clean, easy to operate, and quiet. In modern times, the experiments continue to find the most feasible and usable source of power. During the fuel shortages of World War II and the 1970s, efforts to find alternative power escalated.

Electric vehicles were used before the internal combustion engines; Scottish inventor Robert Anderson is credited with building a crude electric carriage in the 1830s. A few years later, in 1837, American Thomas Davenport patented the first practical electric motor.

In the forties, Jean Albert Gregoire designed a small car called the Tudor which in 1942 broke a record for electric automobiles by traveling 150 miles at an average speed of 27 miles per hour without recharging the batteries. During the war, 150 examples were made. Hotchkiss supplied the bodywork and Tudor supplied the batteries. The two-seater cabriolet bodywork was formed from aluminum as it was relatively resistance to the corrosive effects of spilled battery acid, and it was lightweight.

In 1970, Mr. Gregoire became involved with a new project that was funded by Fulmen - they were making batteries - a subsidiary of the Compagnie Generale d'Electricite or CGE. Philippe Charbonneau designed the body. Chappe & Gessalin created the body from fiber glass. The design were square and functional, but provided poor aerodynamics.

The chassis or platform is cast in aluminum (alpax). Batteries were located in the front and the rear to help provide balance. It was given an air cushion intendent suspension setup, a patent from Gregoire. The power produced by the batteries was sent to the rear wheels.

Eleven examples were built. The top speed was 50 miles per hour, however the most 'economical' speed was 40 miles per hour. At low (economy) speed the range is 80 miles.



Performance and Specification Comparison

Industry Production

#1#2#3CGE
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,390,251)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)

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