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DJ-5 Electruck Brochure

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Thanks to Gayland for sending me this brochure of the Electruck, an electric powered DJ-5E made by AM General.

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7 Comments on “DJ-5 Electruck Brochure

  1. Mike

    Believe it or not, there was one foe sale about 4 or 5 years ago, I remember it being parked outside somewhat neglected, may have been advertised here on EWILLYS. The Post Office made a big deal of this when first announced, I still remember the black and white pictures in the NY Daily News. My father was amazed and asked me what I think about it. And here we are, some 40 year later, still guzzling gas, and the postal system running a deficit year after year.
    More things change, the more they remain the same.

  2. Barney Goodwin

    Googling it will bring up some good info on the DJ5E including a 1977 NASA study of the vehicle. Something that stood out to me and to that study was the heavy weight of all those components in the system shown above. Battery alone was over 1300 # and made the vehicle very front heavy compared to the current gas engine offered. Less than 400 were made and with a mandatory spare parts inventory, I imagine this was an expensive trial by the post office. Built in 1974 keep in mind it was no doubt done within the context of the 73 Arab oil embargo.

  3. Barney Goodwin

    Dave, it dates me, but I remember those wedge electric cars from when I was in Stockton CA 72 – 76 (Owned Jeeps out there also). Never saw any on the road, but remember the introduction in the news and seeing them as an extra on dealer lots. I’d sure hate to get hit in one.

  4. David Eilers Post author

    Barney, it was very jolting. You stepped on the pedal and it jolted forward. Let off the pedal and it jolted to a stop. Nothing very appealing about it, but my friend’s father drove it 10 miles to work and back daily for several years.

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