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Items of Historical Interest in the Development and Commercialization of EVs
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Ideal Motor Car Co., 1238 West Eleventh Street, Cleveland, OH, 1905-1906.
The Ideal Electric Co. of Chicago IL produced electric cars from 1909 to 1914. A number of models were produced, but most were 4-seaters with enclosed bodies.
Illinois Electric Vehicle Co., Chicago, IL, USA, 1897-1901
The Anti-Vibrator Co. Ltd. of Croydon (England) produced electric cars in 1904 and 1905. This vehicle used two 3-hp electric motors, mounted in the rear wheels. The vehicle was lower to the ground and in overall height than its contemporaries.
Industrie und Handels, G.m.b.H., Bismarckstr., Dusseldorf, Germany, SB (somewhere between 1921-1930)
The Internationale Automobiel Mij of the Hague (Netherlands), produced a light electric 3-wheeler in 1942. The lack of petroleum products for civilian use due to World War II provided the incentive for using this vehicle.
This vehicle was produced by the F.A. Woods Auto Co. of Chicago IL in 1905. It was a single-seater vehicle with an interesting twist on the hybrid concept. Normally an electric vehicle with the drive train attached to the solid front axle as a front-wheel drive car, when longer trips were anticipated, the electric drive unit could be swapped out and replaced by a small 2-cylinder gasoline powered engine and drive unit. It was claimed the exchange of drive units could be carried out in less than 15 minutes.
Ivanhoe - see E.R. Thomas
Iveco - see Fiat
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