The Henney Kilowatt has a stated maximum speed of 40mph, but the speedometer is original to the Renault Dauphine. The odometer is actually 3587.

The "forward/reverse" switch is between the voltmeter and ammeter on the dash (to the right of the steering wheel).

Front suspension (driver side). Note the spare tire mounting under the hood. (I think I'm going to add some sort of protection for the electrical cables.)

Front batteries and battery charger.

The contactor controller

A close up of the 6 position speed cog


Eureka Williams Company
Division of National Union Electric Corporation
Bloomington, Illinois

Power 12 6-volt heavy duty batteries in two banks, plus 12 volts for lighting, operating turn signals and windshield wipers. Batteries can be fully recharged in 8 to 10 hours. Battery charger operates from 110 volt A.C. outlet.
Motor Large frame-size traction type electric motor.
Control Six step control. Foot pedal operates control, varying speed of motor, exactly as in a gasoline-powered car.
Speed Maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. Can be increased to about 40 M.P.H. with sacrifice of mileage per charge.
Range 40 miles per charge if run constantly and 50 to 60 miles if operated with stops of 15 minutes or longer to allow the batteries to regenerate. The range can be extended even further if it is possible to plug into a convenient outlet while parked.
Final Drive Direct from motor to reduction gears and rear axle.
Suspension Independent 4 wheel suspension. Front suspension -- large coil springs around direct acting shock absorbers. Torsional stabilizer. Rear suspension -- coil springs mounted close to wheels. Automatically variable spring rates for all load and road conditions provided by air suspension units mounted between swing axles and frame.
Two Pedal Control

Accelerator and brake pedal leave floor uncluttered. Since the accelerator is actually a switch, no power is lost or wasted waiting for traffic to move or lights to change.

Brakes are no-face Lockheed hydraulic with 9" drums on all 4 wheels. Mechanical parking brake located on floor between front seats acts on rear wheels.

Steering Rack and pinion. 24-to-1 ration, with return spring. 15' turning radius.
Shifting The controls are completely automatic. To change direction from forward to reverse is accomplished by shifting the switch located in the center of the dashboard from the forward position to the reverse position and depressing the accelerator.
Simplified Dash Legible, lighted speedometer. Voltmeter and ammeter show amount of power being used. Windshield wiper switch, horn, directional signal lever within finger reach of steering wheel.
Seats Two-passenger, semi-bucket type. Fully adjustable by fingertip control. Resilient zig-zag springs padded with thick foam rubber.
Safety Engineering Semi-flexible steering wheel. Safety padding around dash and windshield. Dual wide-arc, self-parking windshield wipers. Safety glass all around. Unobstructed visibility.
Length, overall 155"
Width, overall 60"
Height 57"
Front seat 48"
Head room 37 1/2"
Wheelbase 89"
Front track 49"
Rear track


Tires 5.50 x 15
Weight 2,135 lbs
Special Features
  • Unitized body of laminated steel construction, 4-door design
  • Bolt-on fenders
  • Washable interior
  • Both front doors lock with key
  • Rear doors have locking switches
  • Interior light is door operated or manually controlled
  • All windows operative
  • Dual sun visors

(Kurth, Kay (Mrs.).Attachment. Letter to Chet Emmons, 22 August 1996.)

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