Saturday, November 20, 2010

Manufactured in Alpine Township

There is a lot of buzz about the Chevrolet VOLT as earlier this month it was named  Motor Trend's "Car of the Year".  Some anoint the VOLT as the first fully electric powered car in the world, but it is more likely that such was built right here in Alpine Township!

Tim Kidder at K & K Manufacturing, 951 9 Mile Road NW,  a leading supplier of parts for 107, 111, 113, and 190 chassis Mercedes Benz cars, last year created the first fully electric powered Mercedes 190 for a client in California.

The car weighs a little over 2,000 lbs despite containing over 200 battery cells which can be found under the hood, in the trunk, and behind the seats.  It runs without a charge for up to around a hundred miles. 

While the vehicle may not be running off the assembly line soon, it is still great to be able to claim that one of the first fully electric powered automobiles was manufactured right here in Alpine Township. More information and videos can be viewed at the company website.

Tim Kidder and son recently stopped by the Township office to demonstrate their electric car which was back home for maintenance. It is definitely a vehicle intended for a sunny California climate as it has no roof or side windows. 
 A look inside the trunk

 A peek under the hood

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