last updated: 08/01/2006
I had extensive documentation on this car including a copy of its original purchase order, a list of all the original owners of the 42 Mars IIs and schematics and diagrams of the car's electrical systems.
The Mars II needed to have some of the silver contactors replaced on the controller board, minor maintenance including a general tune-up of the braking system and a new set of batteries.
|MARS II : 1968 Renault R-10. This 4-seater was produced as one of a series of 42. Purchased by Eugene, Oregon's local electric utility ( EWEB ), this car has all of its original components intact. The MARS II production run of 47 was the beginning of the 2nd generation of electric vehicles. This car is most likely the only remaining vehicle with its original equipment intact. Most notable is the MARS II's mechanical controller board that preceded the electronic controllers of the later generations of electric cars. The MARS II is a 120 volt system.
Pictures taken March 21, 2005
This original B & W photo shows the controller board of the Mars II. Silver contacts and resistors control the voltage of the current going to the motor.
Documentation and original and copies of original papers and schematics
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