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Up till 1912, internal combustion cars could only be started by cranking them, which was difficult to do and was also not proper for a lady. Electric cars didn’t require that, which is why they were nice for females. But they also were far more comfortable with their enclosed cabs in places with cold winters. Nearly all cars were open to the weather, but electric cars had glass windows and would’ve been far less frigid once the body heat of the passengers warmed things up inside.
The seating inside the early electric cars was very peculiar. Since they were marketed mostly to women, the interior was meant to look like a plush little room, with the four people sitting facing each other. That meant the driver was sitting in the back seat with two passengers blocking much of her view through the windshield – which makes very little sense.hebneh, responding to this video
Initially, the range and speed for electric and gasoline vehicles were approximately the same. The main disadvantage of electric vehicles was the complex charging system.
A look at how the electric car was popular in the 1900s and then everything changed. Specifically, I look at how electric cars have been around multiple times and have failed not because of engineering failures but because of cultural and societal issues. Electric cars like Tesla and GM’s new electric cars might be the turning point in the road for the electric car, but if we look back at history, the electric car has always faced an uphill battle.
Covering topics including: Britain’s coal reserves and its role as a fuel exporter, the whale oil boom in New England coastal towns, the rapid change from horse-drawn to petrol and combustion engine vehicles in the USA, the early success of electric vehicles, then losing the battle with combustion engine vehicles, electric ‘street cars’ or trams (and their dangers!), the oil industry boom in the USA