Progress With Electric Cars

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In 1900, electric cars had problems with range, recharge time, cost, battery life and a lack of recharge stations along the road.


“The machine may stop in ten instead of twenty miles, as hadgggg been counted on. Again, if the power gives out between stations, it is impossible to replenish. At the present time, charging stations are few and far be- tween. In the near future, there will undoubtedly be more of them, but at present they are scarce. Another bad point in the system is the fact that it takes from two to three hours to charge a machine properly. The battery must gradually absorb the fluid electricity. It cannot be forced upon it; any more than a man can be forced to eat a square meal in two seconds. It takes time, and sometimes time! s precious. Furthermore, the deterioration of a battery is much more rapid than the deterioration of any other system of machines.

In this case, the inventor will have many hard knots to untie. First, he must construct a stowage battery, which will carry a larger supply of the fluid. Second, the battery must not deteriorate so rapidly. Third, some attachment must be devised for re- charging more rapidly. This might be done if all stations were supplied with some quick charging device, or if the manufacturers would agree upon a standard battery which could be interchanged at the station for one already charged.”

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Oct 28, 1900, p. 20

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August 14, 2022