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Fact or Fiction: Japan made an electric car in the 1940s?

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 21, 2022

(KGTV) — High gas prices and concerns about the environment have made the move toward electric cars bigger than ever right now.

But a post going around social media claims Japan developed an electric car that could go 124 miles in a single charge all the way back in 1949.

Although some of the details are wrong, the basic premise is fact.

The car was made by a company that eventually merged with Nissan.

According to Nissan's website, the Tama electric car was rolled out in 1947 when Japan was facing a shortage of oil following World War II.

The car had a driving range of nearly 60 miles and a maximum speed of 22 mph. It lasted until 1951.