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Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America
Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America
Our Price: $25.00
Year: 1994
Pages: 225
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 1560983558

Product Code: 756774543

Michael Brian Schiffer (au). Describes the history & future promise of electric cars in the U.S. Charting the early trajectory of the electric auto from 1895 to 1920, Schiffer argues that its failure had as much to do with money & gender as with technological shortcomings. In the late 19th cent., electric autos scurried through several NE cities, their quiet engines & easy operation preferable to horse-drawn carriages & the temperamental ways of gas-powered vehicles. With a range of 50-100 miles by 1910, electrics were perfect for in-town errands, especially for women. During the same period, “automobilists” -- mostly men -- championed the range & speed of the gas engine, esp. for touring & racing. In the end, it was culture more than technology that stymied the electric car. Illus.

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