Solectria Force

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The Solectria Force is a Geo Metro, professionally converted from a new, motorless chassis (known in the industry as a glider) to become a battery electric vehicle. Converted by Solectria Corporation of Wilmington, Massachusetts (subsequently acquired by Azure Dynamics Corporation), it is no longer in production. Approximately 400 vehicles were converted. The North Jersey District Water Supply Commission procured a 1996 Solectria Force that is still in service today.[citation needed] The original thirteen 12 volt lead–acid gel cell batteries lasted until April 2011, when they were replaced with nearly 10,000 miles.

In 1997, the base price of the car was $33,995 with lead acid batteries which gave it a range of 50 miles at 45 miles per hour and a top speed of 70 miles per hour. Solectria also offered the Force with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack with an MSRP $88,895. This battery pack gave the Force a range of 100 miles at 45 miles per hour, and the same top speed as the lead acid model at 70 miles per hour.[1]

The city of Morristown, NJ used Solectria "Force" models as "station cars" in a three-year pilot program ending in 2001.[2]

For the display card on the example shown below:

  • Base vehicle: 1996 Geo Metro
  • Top speed 110 km/h (68 mph)
  • Range 60 km (37 mi)-70 km (43 mi)
  • Three phase AC motor
  • Single speed gearbox
  • 156 volt battery pack (thirteen 12 volt lead–acid gel cells)
  • Zero emissions at the tailpipe

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  1. ^ "Solectria Force Price List". 1997-10-17. Archived from the original on 1997-10-17. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  2. ^ "TransOptions : America's Longest Running Station Car Program". EVworld.com, Bill Moore, April 22, 2001.

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