Montana Bill Supports 'Medium Speed' Electric Cars

A 2007 bill opened the door for MSEV use in Montana, upping top speed to 35 mph, restricting their use to roads with speed limits of no more than 45 mph and requiring state registration.

Published: 15-Jan-2009

HELENA — Electric cars have captured Ron Gompertz's imagination since he saw General Motor's "Futurama II" exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City.

The exhibit depicted a world 60 years into the future, one in which electric cars ruled the road, humans lived on the moon and people vacationed on the ocean floor.

It's not likely that people will live on the moon or take trips to Atlantis anytime soon, but Gompertz, owner of Bozeman-based Eco Auto, is determined to get more electric cars on the road.


The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.

A 70 mile range and 45mph top speed means that the two-place electric car can compete with anything in its class, but at a price that is higher than its competition.

Concept vehicle is powered by 200kW electric motor, driven by combination of hydrogen fuel-cell and 16 kWh lithium ion pack that afford 40 miles of grid-charged driving range, and a total range of 300 miles


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