KYOTO (Kyodo) GS Yuasa Corp., Japan’s top maker of lead storage batteries, on Wednesday unveiled an electric car imported from the United States in 1917 to members of the press at its head office in Kyoto.

The company said it has restored the car and made it road-worthy to showcase it and promote its business amid growing public interest in eco-friendly electric cars.

The vehicle, named the Detroit, was imported by company cofounder Genzo Shimazu and put to company use for about 30 years. It has been on display at the head office ever since.

GS Yuasa’s engineers have equipped the Detroit with a lead storage cell that can be recharged using a household power outlet, the company said.

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