I hope Mr. Shiftright has some info on this-now that we are (at last) finally seeing some commercially viable electric cars in the market(eg Prius), what is the status of the old-time electric cars? I seem to recall that the last one made was the "BAKER" electric-made until 1926 or thereabouts. There were also electric trucks made into the 1930's(believe Hupmobile made a few). So, are there any collectors of these unusual vehicles? What was the range of these oddities?and what killed them off?
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Cleveland Motors - E174th & Euclid Ave. Cleveland
Plant used by Parker-Hannifin. This plant also built Hupmobiles until 1933. Plant still standing.
White Motors. E79th & St.Clair Ave. Plant was 80%demolished in the early 90's. Stearns-Knight - E140th St. and Coit Rd. Plant still standing and used by a metal stamping firm. That's all for now folks.
Around 1900, nobody was quite sure if the electric, steam or gas car would dominate the field, so entrepreneurs hedged their bets on all 3. By around 1910, it was clear that the gas car was winning, and by the time the self-starter (electric starter motor) appeared in 1912 on the Cadillac, steam and electric cars were doomed.
Steam cars took too long to "get up steam", and they used lots of water...not very convenient...and you really had to know what you you were doing or you'd blow the damn thing up.
So gas cars basically outperformed their rivals in either speed, distance or convenience. Survival of the fittest!
The collector market for electric cars is small, and generally those avid enthusiasts who want them aren't about to pay huge some of money for one. But they are historically significant, and somewhat usuable for parades, etc, so within this limited appeal they have value. Probably $20,000 would be all the money in the world for a very very nicely restored electric, IF...IF...it were one of the more famous types.
Sometimes you'll see obscure or primitive pre World War I cars selling for well under $10,000 in decent shape, and way less than that as basket cases.
Oddly, enough, even the modern "pure" electric cars of today (not the hybrids) don't have that much more range than they did 75 years ago. The problem is, and always was, batttery efficiency and cost of replacement batteries. Prius is not a true electric, but maybe the best possible solution until some breakthrough in cost-efficient battery technology comes around.