40 years ago the first electric car was built in Syros!
The existence of the electric car in Greece is not something recent, as most people think. Forty years ago, this technology existed in Greece and even in Syros, as mentions an architect and industrial designer who was occupied with the design of the specific vehicle.
In a country fully dependent on petrol, the necessary efforts have not been made in order to wean from it, thus utilizing the energy the sun provides for free. With the development of simple and easy in construction - electric car, the benefits are manifold: decreasing costs for the oil market, created factories of photovoltaic, battery and electric cars, while reducing pollutants and contributing decisively to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
George Michail, an architect and industrial designer of cars, talking on www.koutipandoras.gr, talked about the construction of the first electric car in Greece over 40 years:
“John Goulandris, of the known shipowners' family, had set up a small manufacturing car plant in an old spinning mill, near the shipyard Neorion in Syros island. In December 1973, Goulandris hired me to convert an electrical two-seater car from England, the ENFIELD (E 465) into the model E8000. During this period about 140 pieces were produced, all left for the Electrical Company of England (period 1973-1975). E8000 was a two-seater car, virtually identical to the English one, with exactly the same specifications and the same shape. Their only difference was that what we built was made from aluminum and the doors weren’t sliding, but opened in the conventional manner. The movement was given by a DC motor with 12 volt capacity of 110 ampere hours, four of which were placed at the front and the other four at the rear and it yielded 8.16 hp. Its maximum speed was 64 km/h and its autonomy reached the 60 km/h, but it decreased dramatically, if the ground was uphill.
At the same time, I undertook to build two other types of electric vehicles on the mechanical parts of the E8000: a four-seater aluminum jeep (Bikini) and a closed van (Miner) that also left in small quantities abroad. The SUV went to England and the second one in the mines of Sweden. After that, the small production unit where we worked, was closed in 1975 with the launch of the new regime. I do not know why. However, it was a great opportunity for Greece this innovation and a shame that this effort did not continue. "
Source: Pandora’s Box