Electric-powered Horseless eCarriage pictures
- The brass-era car is dubbed the "Horseless eCarriage," and it's designed to seat the driver and eight passengers.
- It's not a replica — the car was custom-made and the designer borrowed much of the look from 1909 touring cars.
- The horseless carriage maxes out at 30 miles per hour, and a GPS sensor automatically locks it to 5 miles per hour in Central Park.
- Designer Jason Wenig (seated here), says they choose the distinctive green color to highlight the "eco-friendly" theme of the car.
- Dials and knobs allow the driver to monitor battery charge, turn on the heat, and use a PA system built into the vehicle.
- The car's massive lithium ion battery pack gives it 100 miles of range and enough stamina to last a 16 hour shift. That comes at a price, however: the entire vehicle weighs 7,500 pounds.
- Peel back the hood, and the retro look and feel washes away. This is the thoroughly modern, 84-horsepower electric motor that drives the car.
- The back storage compartment is designed to hold a removable convertible top for the car, which will come in handy during foul weather.
- Jason Wenig designed the carriage for NYCLASS, an activist group pushing to ban the horse carriage industry in New York. Wenig is the owner of The Creative Workshop, a Florida-based independent restoration shop that built the car.
- As a nice touch, The Creative Workshop spun up a new name and logo just for the carriage.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to pass a ban on horses sometime this year, paving the way for more of these electric carriages, which would cost drivers $150,000 to $200,000 each.