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"in 1909 a Baker traveled 160 miles on a single charge..."

ref https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1913_Baker_Electric.jpg

A photo taken at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum shows a 1913 Baker WB - electric automobile. Behind it stands a poster with the following:

" 1913 Baker WB
...kewood, Ohio, inventor Walter Baker
...unded the Baker Motor Vehichle Company
along with Fred and Rollin White in 1899.
powered by nickel-iron batteries, the Baker
Electric offered two key advantages over a
gasoline powered car: lack of exhaust fumes
and ease of starting, both of which appealed
to women of the time. Early Bakers had
a decidedly feminine design, using costly
fabrics and furnishings to create a luxurious
interior. The technological advancement
in electric motors and batteries was rapid,
and by 1909 a Baker traveled 160 miles on a
single charge. This .. ... the range of the
Tesla Mode..."

the areas with ... were blocked by the car in front of the poster.

Fun Fact - Thomas Edison bought a Baker as his first car. Edison also designed the nickel-iron batteries used in some Baker Electrics.
ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_Motor_Vehicle

Comments

  • Nice information.
    Thank you for sharing.
  • Grandma Duck had something similar
  • I believe the Baker tops out at about 25 mph. At that speed, a Model 3 LR would probably drive 600 miles - with air conditioning or cabin heat.
  • I have visited the LaMay Auto Collection in Tacoma Washington and they have a few early electric vehicles. I have about 10 photos of the cars, charge station and decals with discriptions and circa posters. If anyone would like electronic copies of these, you can email me and I'll send them along.

    [email protected]
  • > @"Earl and Nagin 08 RDS 359" said:
    > I believe the Baker tops out at about 25 mph. At that speed, a Model 3 LR would probably drive 600 miles - with air conditioning or cabin heat.

    Perhaps, but the standard range was 100 miles on a charge
    and in 1909 - besides - going 23-25 in the baker would have been scary fast considering its a phone booth on wheels.

    Jay Leno has a video on this car...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhnjMdzGusc

    imagine where we would be had the EV been adopted back then?
  • History of electric cars is interesting.

    "Electric cars found popularity among well-heeled customers who used them as city cars, where their limited range proved to be even less of a disadvantage."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_electric_vehicle
  • edited October 21
    > @FISHEV said:
    > "Electric cars found popularity among well-heeled customers who used them as city cars, where their limited range proved to be even less of a disadvantage."

    ...he causally posts without context in order to imply that EV limitations from the turn of the 20th century are relevant today.
  • I guess no one here knows who Grandma Duck is.
  • Thanks for sharing, very interesting bit of history.
  • > @Cousin_Eddie said:
    > imagine where we would be had the EV been adopted back then?

    Yes, imagine where the industry would be now and just how much cleaner the water and air would've been and how fewer wars and remote corner of the world 'sorties' we wouldn't have had to endure had we only chose to stick with electric propulsion/vehicles...

    E-magine.
  • Another fun fact:

    Clara Ford, wife of Henry, whose Model T all but decimated the electric car, drove a 1914 Detroit Electric. (What her husband made of the fact that she wasn't driving a Ford is lost to history.) The Detroit models could run 80 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 20 mph.
  • With a top speed of 20mph it would be the perfect car for the fish.
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