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Area car company ahead of the electric curve

From the Madison County Historian

The new version had a 60 mph top speed as well as a 60 mile range on a single charge. Unfortunately, the vehicle came in over the company’s goal of a $3,600 list price.

The company continued to market the vehicle with a goal of mass producing it but found very little success.

The vehicle was only produced for two years, and records show only 47 vehicles were made, of which at least 32 ended up with utility companies.

At most 15 vehicles were sold to the general public. Only four of the vehicles are known to exist today.

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Matthew Urtz is the Madison County Historian. He can be reached at 366-2453 or matthew.urtz@co.madison.ny.us. Urtz’s sources for this article were: Watson Wagon. coachbuilt.com/bui/r/rex_watson/rex_watson.htm, Henney Motor Company. coachbuilt.com/bui/h/henney/henney.htm. “The Truth about the Electric Car” US News and World Report, 20 March 1967.

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