Skip to comments.115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt
Posted on 03/11/2012 10:59:59 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt, the highly touted $31,645 electric car General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called not a step forward, but a leap forward.
The executives at Chevrolet can rest easy for now. Since the Roberts was constructed in an age before Henry Fords mass production, the 115-year-old electric car is one of a kind.
But dont let the cars advanced age let you think it isnt tough: Its present-day owner, who prefers not to be named, told The Daily Caller it still runs like a charm, and has even completed the roughly 60-mile London to Brighton Vintage Car Race.
If you didnt know there are electric cars as old as the Roberts, you arent alone. Prior to todays electric v. gas skirmishes, there was another battle: electric v. gas v. steam. This contest was fought in the market place, and history shows gas gave electric and steam an even more thorough whooping than Coca-Cola gave Moxie.
But while the Roberts electric car clearly lacked GPS, power steering and, yes, air bags, the distance it could achieve on a charge, when compared with its modern equivalent, provides a telling example of the slow pace of the electric car.
Driven by a tiller instead of a wheel, the Roberts car was built seven years before the Wright brothers first flight, 12 years before the Ford Model T, 16 years before Chevrolet was founded and 114 years before the first Chevy Volt was delivered to a customer.
As the New York Times reported September 5, For General Motors and the Obama administration, the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid represents the automotive future, the culmination of decades of high-tech research financed partly with federal dollars.
Like green technologys most powerful proponent, President Barack Obama, the 1896 Roberts was made in Chicago. Obama, who supports the $7,500 tax credit for the Volt, is not fazed by its 40-mile electric limit he only drove the car 10 feet.
This is sure to arouse liberal whackjobs!
This tells us our technical genius' are $3 bills.
What happened to that gm electric car from the eighties?
I have been saying this all along!
There have been improvements.
Wet cells cause corrosion, they weigh a ton and new battery’s can deliver amperage much faster than before, but electric cars are basically where the were over 100 years ago
Obama said he’s going to get a Chevy Volt in five years, when he’s no longer president, and he’s allowed to drive his own car again.
If all goes well, he will be able to drive a Chevy Volt a lot sooner than that!
On a more serious note, has electric car battery and power technology not advanced in the past 115 years? The Volt has the same range as the old electric cars of the Gay ‘90s?
It’s hard to believe that technology hasn’t advanced, and that the liberals are all in on this old technology as the solution to global warming and God knows what else.
I swear I saw a car from 1897 called the Maxwell that was electric
That performed on par with modern technology.
It didnt go as fast but it went just as far on a charge
I can find nothing of the Maxwell on the web maybe it was a different name.
There were hundreds of electric car company’s back then.
They all went bust because the internal combustion engine is more efficient
I'll be honest with you, electrics can scream now and there's no gearbox they just shit and git.
They will light up the tires, but they have no range and you cant "Fill them up" in 5 mins
They aint practical.
Some of our FR true believes would call you a blasphemer for saying that ;-)
Another reason electric cars are fun today is rare earth magnets.
They can deliver some serious torque.
They just have no range and they take forever to “fill up”
GM EV1 - dicussed in documentary “Who killed the electric car?”
GM crushed all of them in Arizona. Weird rule in early 2000’s forced all owners to sell back. Strange that media never discusses this, right?
IT is what it is.
I argue with engineers all the time who don’t get it
I think Rudolph Diesel was on the right track
Everybody in America has a garage full of battery powered tools with dead battery’s or a lap top with dead battery’s.
We all know they suck. they are for short term work
I will not buy any Government motors car till the union pays back the money they owe us. When are they going to release the algae version of this over priced golf cart?
Tractors have been around forever.
They do the work.
Now Mercedes has blue technology that takes away all the down side of diesels.
Electric cars have been the future for 115 years now!
I never understood how an engineer could think
“Lets use hydrocarbons to make electricity, send it down the line step down the voltage, convert it to DC, store it in a battery and think they were gaining energy.”
IMO, the biggest draw for the IC engine is the fuel which powers it. One cannot carry a gen set for the electrics,but a few jerry cans of fuel and good to go most anywhere at anytime, just fire it up and go.
Chevy Volt gets same mileage as 115 year old technology.
one of the things that drives me crazy about libtards is they hate the notion of an oilwell scaring the pristine land, so the propose a 5 million acre solar array that produces 1/4 of the energy.
They upset the natural landscape on a HUGE scale, they get 1/4 of the output AND you have to keep traditional energy sources in place to cover the 75% outage
How is this better?
They were all leased.
GM determined they were unsafe and had them crushed.
“Who killed the electric car” is Left-wing Propaganda.
Diesel is even better.
Dump french fry grease in it, boil down pork lard it dont care
Catfish fat, nut oil what ever
I am sure the Roberts car meets all current safety regulations and has all the luxuries of the Volt.
Plus has a range extender that can have you travel from LA to NYC.
I imagine that those 1890s cars were a lot lighter than today’s models. When I was a kid we had a 1928 Model A Ford, it was definitely lighter than a Ford today.
Oh, the liberals are in on it, for a variety of reasons.
But the bottom line is that huge sums of our money are being channeled to people for yet another 'green' boondoggle, and the only real 'green' involved is what is getting skimmed, kicked back, and raked in.
Solar and Wind energy are proving to be the same sort of scam, and the Looting of AmericaTM continues...
the F-35 has the same range and payload as the Stuka (Ju-87). It does have a certain advantage in range and accuracy.
Yes, but what is the maximum speed of a Roberts Electric Car? And can it even go up a hill with less horsepower than most hand-pushed lawnmowers? And how far could it go on a charge in 1896? It seems rather unlikely that it still has the original batteries.
I still say steam is the way to go...we could burn dried algae...or cow poops.
To be fair, the Volt probably has a lot more regulated baggage on board, which should count for some sort of improvement in performance. Then again, there’s that whole catching-on-fire thing...
Wasn’t GM getting more than 40 with their car n the early 90s?
I suppose the Roberts will run on its gas engine once it gets past the 40 mile electric limit?
What? It can’t?
Jack Benny drove a Maxwell, which eventually became Chrysler. I don’t know if they ever had an electric car though.
Ha, ha, ha! We told you so! The incompetent do not know that they are incompetent — Democrats all!
Just think. If Maxwell stayed in business and started to build weird looking microcars, they could have built the Maxwell Smart.
Electricity is an old fuel
Appropriate. “Would you believe.........40 miles to a charge?”
Just so, the market place made that decision decades ago.
Early Electric Automobile Manufacturers
Around 1900 the American Automobile future was confused. Would electric, steam or gasoline automobiles dominate? One of the earliest and best known American Electric Automobile was the Waverley. The advertisement on the lower right stated it was "By Far The Best Electric On The Market." The Early American Electric Automobiles were not only light and safe but noiseless, odorless, clean, durable, comfortable and simple in operation. Popular American Electric Automobiles include the Baker, Bailey, Chapman, Rausch & Lang, Waverly and Woods.
American Electric Automobile Name / Manufacturers Name
Go to http://www.american-automobiles.com/Electric-Automobile-Manufacturers.html to learn more about these American Automobile Manufacturers!
Ajax - Ajax Motor Vehicle Co. New York, NY 1901-1903 A light electric runabout, 2 passenger, with bicycle type wheels.
American Electric - American Electric Vehicle Co. Chicago, IL 1899-1902
American Juvenile Electric - American Metal Wheel & Auto Co. Toledo, OH 1907 An electrically powered car with seats for 2 children only.
Argo - Argo Electric Vehicle Co. Saginaw, MI 1912-1914 This electric car used a 60 volt system and reliable Westinghouse motors.
Autoette - Autoette Electric Car Co. Long Beach, CA 1950s A small electric car used in retirement communities.
Automatic - Automatic Electric Transmission Co. Buffalo, NY 1921 A small electric car that claimed a range of 60 miles and 25 MPH.
The above is a list of only the A's, go to the link for many, many more.
Ping for later.
With out doubt, the miles to charge rate was made in a GM meeting after the rate of the Roberts was brought up.
There is of course a fallacy in the story or at least failure to report. Although the rate of charge was the same, there was no consideration of time and speed. The Roberts likely did not exceed 15 mph.
"Lets use hydrocarbons to make electricity, send it down the line step down the voltage, convert it to DC, store it in a battery and think they were gaining energy."
Both empty containers potentially storing energy. Useless until charged from an external source.
A five gallon Jeep type empty gas can costs about $50, the new Volt/Leaf/Fiskar battery costs $10k and up. Any body can use a hand calculator to figure out the return on investment. Only those poor deluded souls that have "Emotional feel good" factor keys will find the electrics the better deal.
You mean the "Impact"? Yes, they actually named the car for a crash. When they realized how stupid the name was, they changed it to "EV1."
What happened to the car? In 1990 (22 long years ago), our brilliant "California Air Resources Board" passed a mandate for zero-emissions vehicles. BIG GOVT mandated that the seven major automobile suppliers in the United States offer electric vehicles in order to continue sales of their gasoline powered vehicles in California. Nearly 5000 electric cars were designed and manufactured by GM, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan, and Chrysler. After technical problems and clear lack of consumer interest, the cars were destroyed or donated to museums.
Don't forget...BIG GOVT knows what's best for you. The "wisdom of markets" be damned.