- Oct 2, 2010
Thomas Edison's 1912 electric car restored; hits the streets once again
Bob Burrell of Chelmsford, Essex, holds the keys to the only remaining Edison electric car and, for almost half a century, that vehicle languished in a London Garage. Now, after eight years of renovations, the 1912 Edison is ready to hit the streets again. With an estimated value of at least £1 million ($1.58 million U.S. at the current exchange rate), Burrell's pride and joy could very well be the most valuable historic electric car around, and it makes the Tesla Roadster look downright cheap by comparison. The 1912 electric car, packing 15 two-volt batteries and a 30-volt electric motor, could reach speeds of 25 miles per hour, remarkable for the time. But with a price tag nearly double that of a typical gasoline-powered vehicle back then, Edison's dream car was simply too pricey to catch on (some things never change). Burrell sums up the vehicle and Edison's dream like this:
Yeah, if only we had listened.Edison's vision was to make the longest-lasting battery in the world and the cars he built were a part of that quest. A hundred years ago, Edison said electricity was the future because all of the oil would be pumped out of the ground, but it was decided that more money could be made from taxing petrol. Imagine what we would have now if Edison had been listened to a century ago.
[Source: Express.co.uk | Image: Gregory Moine - C.C. License 2.0]