EnviroTech Releases Electric Hot Rod

They come out in the summertime and you see them everywhere — car shows, cruiser rallies, club tours, hamburger stands, even idling at stop signals in a town’s unofficial “cruise’ street. They are American hot rods, early model cars modified for both speed and retro good looks. These iconic “T-buckets” (modified Ford Model Ts), Deuces (1932 Ford Model B) and rat rods are an indelible part of automotive history. And they’ve just gotten a 21st century update.

EnviroTech, an Eau Claire-based company that specializes in industrial and custom powder coating recently announced the release of the Lightening Electric Car, its very first electric vehicle (EV).


image via EnviroTech

Envirotech says the Lightning’s styling is based on the classic sprint and indy hot rods of the 30s and 40s, with its two-seat, open cockpit, gleaming chrome highlights, retro lighting and open wheels.

The Lightenings are crafted to buyers’ specifications and can be purchased not only as a complete electric car (just over $28,000) but also as a rolling chassis complete with independent rear axle starting at $3,995 or just as the fiberglass body starting at $4,200.

The Lightening is powered by a 156 volt Net Gain DC racing motor and 13 – 12 volt AC Delco deep cycle batteries. Envirotech says the Lightening has a top speed of more than 100 MPH and can go from zero to 60 MPH in a zippy five seconds. The car’s range is 40 miles and a full charge takes up to four hours.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

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