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#1 Sparky OFFLINE  

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Posted April 15, 2014 - 09:09 PM

Electric cars first replaced horses and carriages in the biggest cities in the east because of convenience and health or sanitation issues circa 1880 - 1910 . Ford and Edison were working together to develop an electric T when the idea hit Ford that he could mass produce ICER 's faster .

This is according to reading material I have found . But - I wasn't there .
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Posted April 16, 2014 - 05:42 AM

Sparky  years ago we went to the Landis Valley Farm Museum and there was a display of  very old vehicles  , there was a large delivery type truck that was electric I never knew that they made anything like that back then

 

http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 05:52 AM

In 1969 I saw one in an old gas station. It was a 1903 Baker electric and was occassionally used by the old ladies that owned it. Jay Leno has one and you can see it here http://www.nbc.com/jay-lenos-garage   Good Luck, Rick

 

Sorry the web site has changed. Its now just an NBC bunch of advertisements. It used to have video tours with explanations about the various cars including a Baker Electric.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:48 AM

I imagine if they had the batteries we have now, everything would have gone differently.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 07:43 AM

I imagine if they had the batteries we have now, everything would have gone differently.

Actually those old batteries worked good and for a long time. Prior to WWII you could "rebuild" batteries by disassembling them, cleaning , reassembling, and adding fresh acid. We had 5 gallon containers of acid in the shop in 1968. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 10:28 AM

I'm more pointing out that the charge didn't last as long. . .   or did it?


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:23 PM

GMC made electric trucks a hundred years ago too. Obviously not a new idea, but I have no plans to convert any of my GMC's to electric-LOL!

 

This one is from 1913.

 

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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:32 PM

From what I know and have found out it was the electric motor itself that caused electric cars to disappear off the market.

 

When they figured out that an electric motor could start a gas powered car, the electric starter, gas cars took over.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 10:01 PM

I'm more pointing out that the charge didn't last as long. . .   or did it?

 

 

How shall I state this ?   The expectations of what personal forms of transportation could provide kept increasing . The military proved that cross country movement was possible in 1919 and there was no turning back to short range travel .

 

  Wally Rippel is the only person known to do cross country travel entirely by batt power under the rules set up for the contest . Could be others .


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