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Edison holding raised hood of car and displaying batteries while two associates look on.

Edison and an electric car, 1913

To Edison and others, electric cars seemed preferable to finicky, smoking gasolene-powered cars. However, refinements to internal-combustion technology brought performance advantages that early battery-powered cars could not match.

SI negative #87-1652

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