Detroit Electric Victoria gets 211.3 miles on a single charge...in 1910Submitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 08:10
[...and Detroit says they can't build an efficient electric car???]
Detroit Electric was founded by William C. Anderson of the Anderson Carriage Company in 1907. At the time, Detroit Electric was not the company name, just the brand name for Anderson's new electric car. The original Detroit looked more like a sleigh (or the Curved Dash Olds) than what we might normally think of as an antique car.
By 1907, gasoline automobiles were outpacing electrics in sales, but electrics were holding their own. (And as late as 1899 and 1900, electrics outsold both gasoline and steam automobiles.) It was a real battle - gasoline automobiles were cheap to make, cheap to run, and gasoline could be delivered anywhere a wagon could go. Electrics were expensive, heavy, required charging stations, and could only be driven in areas that had electricity--something not available in many rural communities. However, electrics were quiet and didn't spew out noxious fumes, and more importantly had one thing gasoline vehicles did not--a self-starter.