1904 Columbia Electric Automobile

Description
Dr. John Oscar Skinner, superintendent of the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C., drove this runabout from 1906 to 1932. Physicians and affluent women in many cities bought electric cars because they were clean, quiet, comfortable, and easy to operate. Cities and larger towns had power grids that provided electricity to recharge car batteries. But electric cars were expensive, and electricity rates were high. Maintaining batteries was a complicated, hazardous task often left to a commercial garage. Low mileage between charges and the absence of electric power in rural areas further limited the market for electric cars as Americans drove longer distances.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
automobile
date made
1904
maker
Electric Vehicle Co.
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 54 in x 100 in; 218.44 cm x 137.16 cm x 254 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
ID Number
TR*310575
catalog number
310575
accession number
123348
subject
Transportation
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Sewell M. Johnson

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