Almost 120 km/h top speed, 60 kilometers range, lead-acid battery, gullwing doors, plastic body. And “Zeit” wrote: “A car that you can neither hear nor smell…” That was the Pöhlmann EL 40 years ago, one of the first modern electric cars and the fastest at the time.
At that time, RWE supported the spectacular development of the inventor Erich Pöhlmann from Kulmbach. RWE boss Markus Krebber just reminded on LinkedIn what it’s like to be ahead of your time. At that time, according to Krebber, it was believed that the market for e-cars was ultimately too small, and the potential for innovation in combustion engines seemed far from over.
We know how the story went on. Just 18 of the EL were built up until 1988. E-pioneer Pöhlmann died while sailing in a storm off New Zealand. His body was never found.
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NEW HITS New Mitsubishi ASX: It looks familiar to us • VW Amarok: The fine for the rough • Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance: Only half as many cylinders, but more power • Ford Mustang, Peugeot e-308, VW ID.Xtreme • First Ride in the fresh BMW 3er • Range Rover Sport: How the new drives MESSAGES IAA Transportation: The highlights of the commercial vehicle trade fair • More cars than ever in Germany TESTING & TECHNOLOGY Comparison test: Mercedes C 200 station wagon against Volvo V60 B4 mild hybrid • Mazda CX-60 in the first test:
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