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The 1981 Jet Electrica produced as a Ford Escort glider
is still in service by many happy owners.

Mine originally was owned by the U.S.Navy. This implies
the U.S. Government had some kind of EV program several
years ago.

Can anyone supply information or data in the history of
this company and their many EVs?

When I look at the IBM PC that came out in Aug 81, the
same month my car was built, and the many variations
that followed I find it shocking that EV development
has been so slow.

My car does have a new controller, charger, and DC/DC,
but basically remains unchanged since 1981.

John in Sylmar, CA
Driving 35 miles daily on sunshine!

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They also converted Ford Courier (Mazda B2000) gliders as the Jet
Electravan 750 I believe. There are a few owners of those in the EV
gallery and maybe on this list.

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JS <[email protected]> wrote:
> The 1981 Jet Electrica produced as a Ford Escort glider
> is still in service by many happy owners.
>
> Mine originally was owned by the U.S.Navy. This implies
> the U.S. Government had some kind of EV program several
> years ago.
>
> Can anyone supply information or data in the history of
> this company and their many EVs?
>
> When I look at the IBM PC that came out in Aug 81, the
> same month my car was built, and the many variations
> that followed I find it shocking that EV development
> has been so slow.
>
> My car does have a new controller, charger, and DC/DC,
> but basically remains unchanged since 1981.
>
> John in Sylmar, CA
> Driving 35 miles daily on sunshine!
>
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--- JS <[email protected]> wrote:

> The 1981 Jet Electrica produced as a Ford Escort
> glider
> is still in service by many happy owners.
>
> Mine originally was owned by the U.S.Navy. This
> implies
> the U.S. Government had some kind of EV program
> several
> years ago.
>
> Can anyone supply information or data in the history
> of
> this company and their many EVs?
>

Hi John,

Yeah, I can throw a few history bits at you. About 3
decades ago I went to Austin, TX to visit Jet
Industries. A young fellow met me at the airport and
gave me a ride to the shop, which was an old bus
factory or garage about 10 miles away. He was driving
an ElectraVan 600. Jet's first product (I think). It
was a converted Subaru microvan. Very nice. Had the
4 speed manual w clutch. He drove it just like
normal. Even a few freeway miles at speed just like
the traffic flow. (It was 55 mph national speed limit
back then, but it was TX, so I think we were over 60)

This guy's dad owned Jet, Bill Bates. The two sons
ran the operation. Fairly meager. Maybe had a few
dozen of these vans in various stages of conversion.
There was a pile of engines in the corner. Pretty
straight forward conversion. 16 GC batteries for 96
volts. Prestolite MTC-4001. PMC mosfet controller
(pre-Curtis days). Really not much more. Simple and
sweet. I was impressed. How often do you hear me say
that?

That is about the end of my dealings with Jet. They
did come out with a few more models with the same
basic system. I think they got a little bigger in
sales. GE came in with a motor/control package IIRC.

Always looked to me as if they ran on private money.
I am speculating that when gas prices came down and
the oil embargo memory faded, people stopped buying
electrics. And Jet stopped making them.

I think that ElectraVan was the best EV one could buy
at that time. Other choices were CitiCar or
LectricLeopard.

Hope that helps the history lesson.

Jeff M


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For sale on ebay is a Jet Electrica converted Mercury Lynx - same body style as Ford escort.
mario

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=004&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=140222095529&rd=1

item # 140222095529


Subject: Re: [EVDL] History of Jet Industries

They also converted Ford Courier (Mazda B2000) gliders as the Jet
Electravan 750 I believe. There are a few owners of those in the EV
gallery and maybe on this list.



JS <[email protected]> wrote:
> The 1981 Jet Electrica produced as a Ford Escort glider
> is still in service by many happy owners.





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