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.
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.
The Volt has an onboard computer,electric windows, an electric heater, radio, lighted dash, probably electric seats,all of these using electricity and wasting it.
I remember when the Volkswagen came to America. It was basically a 55 gallon drum with a motor and seats.
When you add in all of the modern eletrical devices you take away power that can be used for miles.
Just put a Honda generator in the trunk and build the thing to work like a locomotive. Power the electric motors with a generator.
Let's be fair here. The old car was probably 1/10th the weight of the Volt. Plus, if you put a new-technology battery in it she would probably do 500 miles. Only, it would be about 15 mph.
Why is it the generation two EV1s could go between 100 and 140 miles to the charge and the Dolt only gets 40 at best?
It's just under $40K without the tax credit my tax dollars are stolen for ... not to mention the billions (with a B) of $$ Fedzilla spent to get it out the door and into the showroom.
Actually, they can do a lot more than they did 100 years ago, if you have the money to pay for it. The Tesla roadster can go about 250 miles, and the new Tesla S, comes with a 300 mile option and 30 minute quick charge. So the technology has progressed, but the price hasn’t come down.
Not to pick nits, but I have a windmill (almost as old as this car) and it continues to work perfectly fine. Of course, it was designed, manufactured and sold without government mandate or financing and meets an actual market demand.
They need to put windmills on top of these electric cars.
That would solve the whole problem.
The amazing thing about the clean car cartoon is that it is lightyears ahead of the entire public school education system in the United States, which can’t teach the simplest fact. Not the simplest fact.
the EV-1 had issues with the battery and charging.
That is glossed over.
ALL ev-1’s were leases with no option to buy. They were also all fleet vehicles.
As usual liberals think all their ideas are revolutionary and new despite decades or centuries of discrediting evidence.