“Electric vehicle” probably 8 out of 10 individuals think of Tesla, owned by Elon Musk. There are also electric-hybrid models from almost all manufacturers, from German car giants BMW to Volkswagen. The truth of the matter; Neither Tesla nor anyone else… The idea and production of electric vehicles did not start for the first time with companies operating in this segment today. It has a history dating back hundreds of years.
Electric vehicles dating back to the 1890s were, of course, very different from today’s ones in terms of design and features. But in the end, the idea was one-of-a-kind: would get its power from the battery. Let’s examine 5 electric cars that are way ahead of their time, all together.
1896 Riker Electric Roadster
Designed by Andrew L. Riker, the Riker Electric made its first appearance in New York. Its tubular steel frame, wire wheels and pneumatic tires resembled a bicycle. It was storing power with its five batteries. Although it makes one laugh today, we can say that that period is quite good. “3 HP” had an engine. In addition, the steering wheel was in the form of a rudder, it was not designed in a round form as it is now.
1898 Riker Electric Phaeton
This model, Andrew L. Riker’s personal car, was originally used for racing purposes. The vehicle was the first in the United States of America held on Long Island. 50 miles (80 kilometers) had won the race. At the Paris International Exhibition held in 1900, he had the chance to be exhibited with the Lohner Porsche, the first hybrid vehicle. It was also once a section of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Riker sold the car in 1899 after selling his company to Pope Manufacturing, which made Columbia’s electric and gas vehicles.
1901 Columbia Mark XXXI Victoria Phaeton
1901 Columbia Mark XXXI, also plug and charger separated itself from its competitors by introducing Of course, it should not be confused with Tesla’s contemporary Supercharger stations. The charger of this electric vehicle, although almost the length of a human being, was not very portable. 1901 Columbia Mark XXXI’ has its roots in the car and bicycle manufacturer Colonel Albert Pope. In 1899, after Pope bought Riker Electric Vehicle Company of New York and located in Hartford, Connecticut Columbia Automobile’ he had installed. This electric carriage produced by the company 64 to 72 kmwith mid-range and three forward sprints and two reverse sprints up to 45 km/h top speed had. It found buyers for about $1,350.
1905 Columbia Mark XXXV Brougham
Reminiscent of horse-drawn carriages with a closed passenger compartment 1905 Columbia Mark XXXV Brougham, 38 and 42 inch diameter
It had rubber filled tires of the size . While single-engine electric vehicles made a difference in that period, this model aimed to go beyond the ordinary; of the car had a dual-engine system and powering its wheels in this state.
Columbia, world famous between 1982-2018 Long Island Automotive Museum’ was exhibited for many years. The price was $3,500 when it first went on sale.
1908 Bailey Electric Victoria Phaeton
While the steering wheel of all vehicles produced in that period was in the form of a rudder, the 1908 Bailey Electric with round steering wheel design managed to make a difference. The electric vehicle, powered by an Edison-Lalande battery and an engine produced by General Electric, can be powered by a single charge. Mid between 160 and 240 kmwas able to travel. From Boston to New York and Chicago 2414 km travel distance average at 34 km managed to do it. It also used a chain drive system instead of gears.
1908 Bailey Electric, when it just came out 2. $400 had cost.