Smithsonian shows 100 years of electric car's past

Oct 28, 2011

(AP) -- The history of electric cars is going on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History with two "electrifying cars" from the early 20th century.

A 1904 Columbia electric runabout went on display Thursday with a 1913 Ford Model T touring car. The cars and other objects, including a for General Motors' EV1 electric car from the 1990s, are on view through January.

The Columbia was the best-selling U.S. car at the turn of the century, while the Model T was a gasoline car equipped with an electric starter and electric headlights.

A rare EV1 was displayed in the past. It was pulled from view in 2006, weeks before the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

Last year, were reintroduced to the market.

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Eikka
2 / 5 (1) Oct 28, 2011
What is the significance of "best selling" in an era when almost nobody even owned cars?

It's like saying the best selling cellphone of 1983 was the Motorola DynaTAC. Being the first ever doesn't mean you're necessarily very good.