A glenbow post worker has a different take on the history of his first electric car.
The man, who did not want to be identified, said his first truck was a 1970 Ford Falcon with an engine that was fitted with a battery and a computer that could calculate the battery’s charge level.
“The battery charge level was always quite low, about 10 percent,” he said.
“I would take the battery out, and the computer would calculate the next charge level for me, and it would tell me how much it was to recharge it.”
In his late 50s, the man was working in Glenwood Post when he was approached by a local businessman to buy the truck.
The businessman suggested he buy the vehicle, which he did.
He said he bought the vehicle in exchange for a 10 percent payment on the truck’s future ownership, which would allow him to continue his own trucking business.
“I had just started to buy a lot of trucks and I was looking to buy one, and he was offering a very nice deal, so I bought one,” the man said.
“And then I heard he was going to buy an electric truck.
I didn’t have a clue what an electric car was, but it was a pretty good deal.”
He said his interest in electric vehicles grew as he began to use them more frequently.
“As time went on, it became a real problem, because I couldn’t get a good night’s sleep, so that was a problem, too,” he explained.
“It was just getting me going to sleep, and then I started getting in the car and driving around.
I was a bit worried, but then the next morning, I had a big, big problem.”
He did not get a job and was unemployed until about six months ago.
“When I came here, I just bought it and then went back home,” he added.
The owner of the car, who has not been identified, told the man he was “a bit of a nut job”, and was trying to get rid of him.
“We were looking for a job for him, because he had to do some other stuff, and I said, ‘You know what, you’re not going to get a chance to get one here,’ and then we parted ways,” the truck owner said.
The car owner said he was now working as a truck driver in South Australia, but he did not know if he had been paid by the trucking company or the post office.
“They’re trying to find out what happened,” he told the newspaper.
“There’s a couple of other people out there who’ve had similar experiences.
They’re just trying to make sure they get justice for their truck, and this guy got away with it.”
The man said the postman told him he could return the vehicle to the post in about five years, but that he did so anyway.
The truck owner is appealing against the conviction, saying he was given the opportunity to sell the truck to an electric vehicle company because it was his own, and was not part of the post’s fleet.