Until a year ago, the train station in TC was home to the Grand Traverse dinner train, paying homage to transportation of the past. Now, the station houses ecompany, an electric vehicle rental company and dealership thats looking to the future.
We are late getting on board in America, says Ella Cooper, the vice president of ecompany. When you go to Japan, an electric vehicle is not an oddity.
Cooper and president Martin Lagina launched their business on May 15. Theyve got a fleet of nine: six two-seaters, and three that fit a family of four.
The vehicles, which are about half the size of a conventional car, are known as neighborhood electric vehicles, or NVs, because theyre designed for city driving they have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and can travel 35-40 miles on a set of fully-charged batteries.