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115 Year Old Electric Car Matches the Mileage of a Chevy Volt

by Conner Flynn

Sometimes when we think that technology is marching forward, it isn’t as a big of a deal as we thought and you find out that someone has had the technology for years already. Take the Chevy Volt for instance. These cars have a lot of cutting edge technology packed inside. Or so we thought. However, there’s one single 115-year-old car that can match it’s mileage.

The Chevy Volt will cost you $32,000 today, but the Roberts electric vehicle – built all the way back in 1896 – gets 40 miles to a charge, just like the Volt. It actually was built 12 years before Ford’s Model T, for that matter. The current owner of the vehicle says that it runs great, even competing in some classic car derbies and doing okay. No word on what he paid for this antique car, but it is one of a kind, built before mass production. It’s so unique that the steering mechanism is a tiller instead of a wheel.

Yes there really is an electric car this old. “The man” didn’t want you to know about it so that he could sell you his gas and oil, or so I hear. Sorry Chevy, you’ll have to up your game now.

[via The Daily Caller via Geek]

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Comments (5):

  1. Fractured Cell says:

    Yes, but what is its top speed? 9Mph? 12Mph? Whereas the modern car has a top speed in excess of 60Mph. Sloppy reporting, very sloppy.

  2. ted says:

    Fractured, Really? That’s what you’re taking from this article. Not the fact we have had electric cars for over a century? You’re just the kind of ignorant consumer the car industry wants. (all industry for that matter) Lets compare the car fairly to cars of ITS TIME. Is the model T unimportant because its slower then its counterparts today?

  3. WALTER O'ROURKE says:

    The fair comparison for the time is the horse drawn cart which was for most travel 4 MPH due the the bad country roads, the very few cities with more than a few miles of brick paved streets or cobblestones. Really not smooth travel surfaces for 60 MPH speeds. Trains, Trolly cars, Horse drawn carriages and Cable Cars were the way the public moved or they just walked. In many towns it was common or expected that you would throw the coal cinders from your stove out onto the roads to help control the mud and give a firmer base to the roads near your home or business, it also helped to control the weeds.
    Electric cars out sold gas cars well until the 1912 inventions of self starting gas cars … many arms were broken or injured badly before that invention, from a gas car being cranked by hand and back firing, sending the crank in reverse and striking the person trying to start the motor.
    Electric cars were safe, quiet and ready to go with the flick of a switch … Ladies and Doctors used them often because they were dependable in all weather and could run up to 100 miles at 25 or 30 MPH by 1905.
    Electric race cars also held many early speed records with special cars.

    • Paul says:

      Lovly bit of history, very interesting, Maybe they should have called you to write the original story!

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