EV History

Electric cars came before petrol cars!

38% of US automobiles, 33,842 cars were powered by electricity.

40% were powered by steam, and 22% by gasoline.

No petrol pumps!

Today we fill up our cars with petrol from pumps at filling stations, but for the first 25 years of British motoring such things didn’t exist. Instead, you could only buy petrol in two-gallon cans from chemists, hardware shops and hotels, as well as from garages.

Spotlight on the Fritchle Electric Car (1908 - 1914)

Fritchle Electric Car - 100 Mile Battery

RANGE: 100 miles
MAX SPEED: 25mph

In 1908 the Fritchle electric challenged other makers of Electric Automobiles to a race from Lincoln, NE to New York. No one took up the challenge, so The Fritchle Auto and Buggy Co. made the trip alone in one of their two passenger Victoria Phaetons.

The Fritchle completed the 1800 mile trip in 28 days. It was helped by lightweight batteries which gave Fritchle Electric car a range of over 100 miles per charge. The Fritchle Victoria Phaeton was considered the ideal lady’s carriage for city and country use.

Read more about this historical electric car –

https://www.curbed.com/2017/9/22/16346892/electric-car-history-fritchle

Fritchle Guaranteed 100 Miles!

Oliver Fritchle established the O. P. Fritchle Garage Company in Denver, Colorado shortly after being granted his first battery patent in 1903.

The first Fritchle electric car was produced in 1905 and, by the end of 1907, another 20 or so had been delivered to customers in the Denver area. The Fritchle battery system permitted a driving range of 100 mi or more over relatively level terrain between overnight charges

Regen is Not New?

The concept of using the motor to recharge the batteries while slowing an electric vehicle was not new, it was known even as early as 1908.

Electric Charging Stations in Chicago - 1916

From a periodical called Electric Vehicles, ‘A Magazine for the Electric Car User’.

Charging Your Car at Home - 1916

The concept of using the motor to recharge the batteries while slowing an electric vehicle was not new, it was known even as early as 1908.

The Detroit Electric

The Detroit Electric was produced by the Anderson Electric Car Company in  Detroit, Michigan, between 1907 and 1939. Top speed of 20 MPH advertised about 80 miles per charge, with some people apparently driving over 200 miles on a single charge. Remember that was 100 years ago!

Latest Battery Technology
by Range Rover 2020

If your lucky enough to own a new RANGE ROVER SPORT PHEV that costs £72,870, you could travel up to 26 miles in electric mode!

I think they need to rethink there technology.

Its 2020 – not 1920!

What do you think?

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