The Horseless eCarriage makes its debut - Brooklynian

The Horseless eCarriage makes its debut

Want one....
For the record, it's the year 2014. I mention that in case someone reading this story about a push to replace horses with motorized carriages thinks they've stumbled onto some archival piece by accident. It's been more than 100 years since the first vehicles began to trundle around Manhattan, but the last remaining vestiges of horse-powered transport in the city could be nigh — if the backers of a massive electric wagon get their way.


  • NYCLASS Announces Unveiling of Horseless eCarriage Prototype to Take Place of Horse Carriages
    Fleet of Vehicles Would Be Manufactured in New York City

    New York, NY. – (Apr. 17, 2014) – Blending early 20th century style, nostalgia and romance with 21st century eco-technology, comfort and safety, the Horseless eCarriage – the first brass-era-type car in more than a 100 years – made its global debut today at the New York Auto Show.

    The eight-passenger, fully electric prototype balances incredible visual appeal with NHTSA safety standards and society’s desire for clean transportation, according to TCW president/owner Jason Wenig, who also designed the lithium ion battery-powered Horseless eCarriage. The rear-wheel-drive, 84-horsepowered vehicle (with 184 ft.-lbs of torque), has a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 100 miles.

    “We’re confident the vehicle we’ve created is a worthy successor to the original brass-era horseless carriage that roamed the canyons of New York City back in the day,” said Wenig. “The Horseless eCarriage celebrates the style and personality of that era.”

    The car, commissioned by NYCLASS, was created to put a spotlight on New York City as the leader in urban ecotourism, creating a unique and memorable experience for visitors from all corners of the world. This 21st century horseless carriage would be manufactured locally in one of the five boroughs, creating jobs and bringing a new industry to the city.

    The Horseless eCarriage is about the same size as an original touring car or depot hack of the early 20th century era.

    “It’s an open design with a removable top to increase the passenger experience. There are styling elements that underscore the design of the era – oversized windshield, large exposed wheels, period lighting and of course, brass. It definitely reflects and celebrates an era that has amazing historical significance to New York City and to car lovers everywhere,” said Wenig.
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  • Um, I think that most people are drawn to the horses, not the vehicles. If it were just about a ride through Central Park then electric golf carts would be successful. It is about being close to a large beautiful animal, not technology.
  • I'd be fine with both being removed.  NYC doesn't need more cars, that thing is just ugly, and horse crap everywhere is gross.
  • Yeah, let's put those tourists and lovers on roller skates and call it a day!

  • I'm all for the horseless carriage in City traffic. Let's keep horse drawn carriages in the parks such as Central, Prospect, and others.  This way the horses will not be harmed by cars or truck traffic while tourists and others can enjoy park atmosphere when visiting.
  • Let's not only get rid of the horses, lets get rid of the drivers:

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