I walked downtown to grab a beer the other night when I came across this retro-looking vehicle at Harrisburg’s only know electric vehicle charging station. I thought maybe it was a new model that had been given a ‘old school’ look as a marketing hook. Instead, it turned out to be an old 1968 SAAB 96. It was quite a serendipitous moment.
The URL on the side led me to a site called BH Electrics. It was there that I discovered that this model had been restored by a Mr. Brandon Hollinger. There, he outlines the genesis of this project:
Forever changed by the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car,” I have accidentally launched myself into the world of electrified transport. After a period of research and 3 months of building, I am now a proud owner of a reliable electric vehicle that has been functioning, from day one, as my primary vehicle. My only regret is that I didn’t do this 10 years ago. Every time I drive this electrified classic I encounter many grins and when they find out the car is electric, the grin doubles in size.
The SAAB is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I encourage all of you to go check out his site for yourselves!
- At first I thought it was an old Citroen. The only reason I know about those is because I saw one on a high-school trip to (then) West Germany – I know squat about cars.
- It would have been a LOT of work to track the (re)maker of this car twenty years ago. It was a good reminder not to take the World Wide Web for granted.
- I am starting to think that investing in a good camera might be a good idea. Maybe a basic photography class would be a good idea, too.
- Thank you for your kind permission, Brandon Hollinger!