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Women favored electric automobiles because they did not require cranking and had no exhaust fumes

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Frank   [Aug 18, 2007 at 08:41 PM]
The Baker Motor Vehicle Co. of Cleveland, OH was an industry leader for the duration of its operations from 1899 to 1916. Several models were offered over the years, from 2-seaters to limousines. In 1915, Baker absorbed the R.M. Owen Co., which built the Owen Magnetic. After the heyday of the on-road electrics were over in the early 20th century, the Baker company survived in the industrial vehicle market. The Linde-Baker company is the corporate descendent of the original Baker Motor Vehicle Co. Walter C. Baker, the founder of the company, constructed and drove the 1902 Baker Torpedo established a land-speed record over 1 km. There is an example of a 1908 Baker electric in the holdings of the Canadian National Museum of Science and Technology. There is a 1901 Baker Runabout in the holdings of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI. A correspondent has informed that there is a 1914 Baker Stanhope in the holdings of the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Electrics could travel up to 20 MPH and had a range of 20 to 50 miles on one charging of the batteries. Several manufacturers produced electric vehicles including Riker, Woods, Detroit Electric, Columbia and of course, Baker. From 1910 to 1915 the popularity of the electric car peaked and shortly thereafter gasoline powered vehicles took their place.

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