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Nissan EV4-P

In 1971, a large-scale national project for the development of electric vehicles in Japan started with close cooperation between leading companies and research institutes under the auspices of the Industrial Science and Technology Agency of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Nissan delivered two types of small pick-up trucks to the Ministry for evaluation tests and EV4-P was completed in 1973.
This two-person riding compact truck was powered solely by a lead-acid battery and equipped with DC series motor. It incorporated advanced features such as regenerating brakes and a light-weight FRP body shell and has proven practical by undergoing series of field tests, including crash test which was unprecedented for electric vehicles.
In the mileage evaluation tests conducted by the Industrial Science and Technology Agency, the EV4-P covered 302km (188 miles) on a single battery charge at constant speed of 40km/h. This was the best record for a single battery electric vehicle established to date.
It drove at the maximum speed of 87km/h and accelerated 0-40km/h in 6.9 seconds.

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