The HMV Freeway EV was a 4 HP answer to the 1979 gas crisis

Gas prices are at record highs, but this is not the first time in the history of automobiles that I have been forced to pay with my nose at pumps. And every time these prices go up, someone comes up with a wild idea to help drivers save money.

One of these wild ideas was the brainchild of HMV Freeway, a Minnesota-based Dave Edmonson who really hated separation over gas money during the 1979 oil crisis. The HMV stands for “High Mileage Car” and the gas-powered version of the Freeway must have been. Edmonson claims 84 mpg for the single-seat, 12 hp (12 PS) camouflage for the single-cylinder fiberglass-bodied trike and a slightly less spectacular 60 mpg for the more performance-oriented 16 hp (16 PS) version, although we ‘clearly Performance-focused “uses his loose, rather than his Ferrari, sense.

The power was sent to the rear wheel through a CVT transmission and then through a chain. If you want to do the opposite, you have to ask for a push, or go out and do it yourself. The braking, courtesy of the drum, was equally early, but you got the option of completely independent suspension and electrical power, but don’t get too excited. HMV cites only 4 HP (4 PS) output for its EV, and the Freeway must be light, this is a very small power output.

If the idea of ​​owning an EV with 0.2 percent of the remake Never’s output makes your motor buzz, you should take care of yourself. Bring a trailer Check out these 1980 examples. Listed as a non-running project, it will take some wrench time to get it back on the road, but it may be an opportunity to upgrade the running gear and make it look like the dream of making EV Edmonson, but technology will not allow time.

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Apparently acquired last year from its original owner, this freeway is equipped with a single black vinyl bucket seat, equipped with an 80 mph (129 km / h) speedometer, the top two thirds of which must be Virgin Territory, and well, it’s about you. . When moving from A to B using as little energy as possible, you no longer want or need more.

Edmonson was able to build about 700 vehicles from its Barnesville, MN, base between 1979 and 1982, and the rise in gas prices in the wake of the Iranian revolution and the recession in oil exports led us to imagine that interest was initially reasonably strong. .

But oil prices began to plummet again in the early 1980’s, and so the 18-wheeler semifinals as well as the rigging of a rigid tent were on the way to work to save a few cents. Let’s hope someone saves this one, though. Vehicles such as the Freeway are interesting roadposts on the road to massive use of electric power, and a reminder of the compromises that some people were prepared to make in the past to avoid queues.

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