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Dear Friends..
 
Well maybe not,
"Completely!!
 
Think
"The Hot Swap"
was
"A Little Advanced For Them"
but
"They Had The Right Idea!!"
 
And speaking of which,
the folks at...

 
www.betterplace.com
"Are On The Right Track!!"
 
However,
"Based On What We Now Know"
the statement..
 
Since Better Place’s inception in October 2007,
 Israel, Denmark, Australia, California, Hawaii and Canada  have committed to
deploying the world’s first electric car networks.
 
"Deploying The World's First Electric Car Networks"
is not
"Quite Historically Correct!!"
 
In any event,
let's move on to this...
 
 
"1914 Electric Vehicle Section"
which is
"42 Pages Long!!"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/EV/Reviews/1914-Electric_Vehicles.pdf
Hard to believe!!
 
So...
 
Forget any notion you had about
"Flash In The Pan"
because
"Electrics Were On The Move"
with...
 
 
"Production Up 30% From 1913"
to
"Over 4600 Vehicles!!"
 
Which I think is
"Pretty Good"
when you consider there were only
"93 Million People!!"
 
So..
 
"If We Do The Math"
that would be
"Approx 13,800 With Today's 305 Million Population!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Would Be Willing to Bet"
"There Were Not 13,800 Electric Cars Produced In The US This Year!!"
 
So...
 
"All In All"
"Think It's A Pretty Big Number!!"
 
So now..
 
 
"On To The Cars!!"
 
There were...
 
 
"Ten Full Pages"
detailing...

 
 
"Every Make & Model"
along with...
 
 
"The All Important Spec Sheet!!"
 
Accordingly,
as you can see,
"There Were 17 Manufacturers"
selling
"57 Different Models!!"
 
And those are
"Just The Ones Listed"
and
"Does Not Include Trucks!!"
 
And did you notice,
"The Average Distance On A Charge"
was
"75 to 125 Miles"
with
"1914 Technology"
and
"Most Importantly"
1914 Weights
i.e.
"These Were Not Plastic Matchbox Cars!!"
 
Which brings up
"The $64,000 Question!!"
 
With all the advances in
"Battery Technology"
how come
"The Plastic Matchboxes Of Today"
"Can Only Go 130 Miles On A Charge!!"
 
And...
 
Perhaps more importantly,
"The Average Priced Car In 1914"
cost
$2800 or $60000 In Today's Dollars
with
"The Highest Priced Car"
being
"$3800 or $82000 In Today's Dollars"
which is still
"Much Less Than"

 
 
"The 200 Mile Telsla"
at
"$110,000!!"
 
And I'll bet
"They Won't Make 13,800 Per Year!!"
 
So...
 
"Based On The Numbers"
looks to me like
"They Were Well Ahead Of The Game In 1914!!"
 
And did you notice,
"General Electric"
and
"Westinghouse"
were
"The Major Engine Producers!!"
 
Go Figure..
 
Now...
 
Here's the cool part...
 
Not only did they show
"Make & Model"
but they also had a section with...
 


 
 
"Interior Views"
which show they were
"Quite Stylish!!"
 
And did you notice,
there were several that used
"A Steering Lever!!"
 
Hard to believe...
 
Talk about,
"Traveling In Comfort!!"
 
Now...
 
"Are You Ready For Some Mileage Numbers!!"
 
According to...
 

 
"This Article"
"A Hundred Miles On A Charge"
was
"A Piece of Cake!!"
 
And...

They were only..
 
 
"45 Minutes From Broadway"
making them
"The Ideal Run About"
costing...
 
 
"Only $30 to $40 Per Month!!"
 
Which on the surface,
might not sound like much,
but in today's dollars it's
"$650 to $850"
"A Month!!"
 
"Ouch!!
 
However,
that was for
"Full Garage Service & Delivery!"
 
And speaking of
"Delivery"
there was
"A 9 Page Section"
on..
 

 
"Electric Trucks"
which...
 
 
as you can see...
 
 
were..
 
 
"Heavy Duty"
and
"Actually Less Than Most Cars!"
 
"Go Figure!!"
 
Accordingly,
here are...
 
 
"The Listings"
for
"75 Models"
from
"17 Manufacturers"
including
"General Motors!!"
 
Hard to believe!!
 
Now granted,
"The Mileage Is Less"
but
"Did You Notice The Load Capacity!!"
 
"Up to 10,000 lbs!!"
 
And they all used,
"GE or Westinghouse Motors!!"
 
Hmmm...
"Kinda Makes You Wonder..."
 
"And That Was In 1914!!"
 
So...
 
It should come as,
"No Surprise"
that in 1915 things were...
 
 
"Bigger & Better"
with estimates for
"Over 6000 Electric Vehicles"
and
"A Major Price Break Through"
with
"A Two Seat Roaster"
selling for only
"$750!!"
 
And...
 
Just in case you're wondering,
"That's $16,000 In Today's Dollars"
which seems,
"Pretty Reasonable!!"
 
In any event,
here are...
 
 
"The Passenger Car Details"
as well as...
 
 
"Low Capacity"
and...
 
 
"High Capacity"
"Commercial Trucks!!"
 
And did you notice,
"The 6 Ton Truck!!"
 
So...
 
As you can see,
"Things Are Moving Along!!"
 
And speaking of which,
let's move on to...
 
 
"The Gasoline Situation!!"
 
Hard to believe,
but...
 
 
"The More Things Change"
 
 
"The More They Stay The Same!!"
 
I mean...
 
 
 
"Sound Familiar!!"
 
And did you notice the reference to..
 
 
"Coal Gas!!"
 
"Hard To Believe"
but
"There It Is"
"On The Road In 1918!!"
 
Now...
 
"Are You Ready For This!!"
 
I mean...
"You Better Sit Down"
because
"I Almost Fell Off My Chair"
when I tripped across the story of...
 
 
"A Princely Gift!!"
 
Because...
 
As I'm sure you are aware,
"Henry"
"Owner Of The Largest Car Company In The World"
could have given him
"Any Car Off The Lot"
as long as it was
"Black"
and yet...
 
 
"He Chose An Electric!!"
 
Hmmm...
 
"So What Does That Tell You.."
 
Accordingly,
here are two more...
 
 
"Interesting Articles"
on..
 
 
"Electric Vehicles"
in addition to..
 
 
"This One"
about...
 
 
"Electrics In Use By The US Post Office!!"
 
"Hard To Believe!!"
 
And speaking of which,
"You Won't Believe This"
but...
 
 
"The Pope Had An Electric Car!!"
 
Stay Tuned For Part 3
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
 




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