The inventor of the first electric car, Konstantinos Adraktas, has died

·

Konstantinos Adraktas, the Greek man who invented the first electric car to enter production worldwide, has died.

Adraktas invented the Enfield 8000, a small electric car model that was manufactured in Greece in the early 1970s.

The news of Adraktas’ death was made public by Vassilis Apostolopoulos, the managing director of the Athens Medical Group, in a Facebook post.

“Konstantinos Adraktas… was a friend of my father and mine, and a neighbour in London during my student years. We had a great relationship and appreciation of each other,” Apostolopoulos wrote.

“A graduate of MIT in astronomy and astronautics, he worked for NASA and I personally rate him as the man with the highest IQ I have ever known. Rest in Peace.”

The history of the Enfield 8000:

Enfield Automotive, based in the Isle of Wight, UK, had won a major contract to produce around 100 cars, following proposals from Ford and Leyland. 

Shortly before the production started, the owner of the company, the shipowner Giannis Goulandris, decided to move the factory to Syros.

Presentation for the promotion of electric mobility in Greece in front of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Photo: Eurokinissi.

Adraktas came on board and invented an electric car which had an 8.2-horsepower electric motor, a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour and an autonomy of 80 kilometres. It was very small in size – just 2.7 metres.

A total of 123 cars were built and they are now considered collectibles.

The car was last seen on display next to Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as he held an event last June around the government’s ‘Green Agreement and the Promotion of Electricity.’

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Mykonos shop owner reflects on Australia, Greece and crystals

Greek Australian, Apostolos Triantafyllou, 56, has been living in Mykonos for over 30 years now, and running his jewellery store 'Amethyst'.

Niki Louca shares her recipe for chicken pie with mushrooms

Niki Louca from My Greek Kitchen shares her favourite recipe for kotopita with manitaria (chicken pie with mushrooms) with The Greek Herald.

Dr Trakakis to give lecture in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis

Dr Nick Trakakis will give a seminar on Thursday, May 30 at the Greek Centre in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis.

Greek Australian artist VASSY receives Billions List award

Greek Australian-bred, singer, songwriter and dance music producer VASSY, has been honoured with the Billions List Award by APRA AMCOS.

Themis Chryssidis to reinvent his acclaimed Adelaide restaurant

Themis Chryssidis is transforming his acclaimed city restaurant, eleven, with a new menu and more affordable prices.

You May Also Like

Floros family lead team to victory at Australian Indoor Cricket Championships

There was plenty of joy for the Floros family in this year’s Australian Indoor Cricket Championships in Ipswich, Queensland.

Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou vows to go ahead with Australia Day events despite backlash

Mr Christou said last week that cancelling Australia Day events was “completely unacceptable and quite frankly unAustralian”.

Heritage listing of St George Greek Orthodox Church at Rose Bay enters final phase

On Monday 12 February, Woollahra Council will likely consider and vote on heritage listing the St George Greek Orthodox Church.