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  • Powered by 68 batteries with a range of 50-85 miles per charge.
  • Favored by ladies, because there was no hand-cranking.
  • Favored by doctors making house calls, because they maneuvered well in mud and snow.
  • One of America’s best-known and long-lived electric car companies.

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The Detroit Electric, built by the Anderson Electric Car Company, became one of America’s best known and longest-lived electric automobile marques.  Production in Detroit, Michigan, spanned the period from 1907 to 1938.  Detroit Electrics were quiet and required no hand cranking, making them a favorite with ladies.  Doctors liked the Detroit Electric, also, because the gradual, gentle power delivered directly to the driving wheels made it easier to move in mud or snow, particularly when making house calls (providing medical treatment in a patient’s home was a common practice in the early days of medicine).

The driver used a tiller to steer.  A pull toward the seat turned the automobile to the right; a push away turned the automobile to the left.  This Detroit Electric used 68 batteries to propel it between 50 and 85 miles per charge.

Electric power has once again been introduced in passenger cars by the auto industry.  Of course, for many years electric vehicles  have been commonplace on golf courses, and many businesses and industries have made use of them to move personnel and materials, since they cost less to operate than gas-powered, and the absence of carbon monoxide exhaust fumes makes them popular for use in enclosed areas.

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