A review of the new-fangled "petrol-powered" car

A review of the new-fangled "petrol-powered" car

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Very entertaining!

shop | 17 February 2013

I agree, very entertaining. Actually, I wonder if someone could dig up historical newspaper stories about the first automobiles....

mikeadams | 17 February 2013

Not only can you not fit golf clubs in front, but imagine hitting something at hight speeds with a huge engine in front. There is such a small crumble zone it must almost be like hitting a brick wall!

patrick.meier | 17 February 2013


Superliner | 17 February 2013

Nicely Done! Someone should email this to the NY Times & Broder.

Brian H | 17 February 2013

"crumble zone"? Ohhh, I needs a cookie, mamma!

alfafoxtrot1 | 18 February 2013

Ohh, I like that a lot. Its worth taking a moment to ponder the point, if EVs had established a foothold in the early days, rather than ICE cars, and we now had widespread adoption of EVs with a supporting charging network, how would the world react to the invention of ICEs and the need to distribute gasoline, build gas stations, etc. It would seem to be a rediculous proposition, right?

nickjhowe | 18 February 2013

@alfafoxtrot1 - EVs did. Can't remember the exact stat, but in something like 1908 there were more electric cars on the road than gas cars. Check out 'Who Killed The Electric Car'. Great watching if you haven't seen it.

shop | 18 February 2013

Interestingly enough, when gas powered cars were first being made, they were in fact competing with both steam powered and electric powered cars. 1890-1900 period. Since a typical horsepower for a car was 4hp back then, electric cars could have an 80 mile range and a 6 hour charge time ( funny to compare to current day non Tesla EVs). Gas service stations didn't exist until 1906 or so, so people bought gas in cans from local shops. Apparently the range issue was the determining factor even back then. I also imagine that the lack of good electric infrastructure was also to blame. In that period, cars were so expensive that only rich people could afford them. I need to research the early days of cars some more, but is fascinating reading. A literal explosion of manufacturers, with Olds and Ford separating out of the pack through manufacturing efficiency (and thus drastically lower cost).

Dwdnjck@ca | 18 February 2013

It was an electric motor that killed the original electric cars. Once gas cars had an electric starter, they became much more convenient,especially for women drivers.

alfafoxtrot1 | 18 February 2013

nickjhowe - I'm aware that EVs were the first autos, but that's really just a technicality. My point is that if EVs had ever reached the mass adoption and infastructure that ICEs currently enjoy, ICEs would be ridiculed and I imagine with much more ferocious resistance than what is currently directed at EVs. Put another way, if we could just start from scratch, with all the technical advancements and capabilities we have now and we set out to chose and plan our means of transportation, EVs would be an obvious choice (putting aside high speed rail, mass transit, etc.), particularly when refineries and fuel distribution comes into play.

kalel65 | 18 February 2013

EVs were indeed around at first - Edison was involved with them.

The resurgence of the EV, thanks to Tesla just goes to prove the old adage:

"There's no fuel like an old fuel"

Nuff said

Tiebreaker | 18 February 2013

... and Tesla beats Edison again...

Brian H | 18 February 2013

Both Tesla and Edison are involved at the Superchargers. AC grid through chargers to DC battery through inverter to AC motor. Reconciled at last!

FLsportscarenth... | 19 February 2013

Well too bad the show 'Sliders' is not still on - in an alternate earth ICE cars would be a strange oddity - like Jay Leno's Turbine Car from the 1960's... In that alternate universe the air would be a lot cleaner, there would be a lot less to fight over in the middle east...