1911 Baker Electric news, pictures, specifications, and information
Extension Coupe
 
The first electric cars produced by the Baker Motor Vehicle Company of Cleveland, Ohio, had three quarter horsepower motors and a range of up to 50 miles. The Baker-built 'Torpedo' held a electric land speed record in 1902. Baker merged with another electric vehicle maker, Rauch & Lang, in 1915. Then they were absorbed by another builder, the Owen Magnetic Company.

The car shown is a 'V' Extension Front Coupe. It has shaft drive, tiller steering and right and left brake pedals. It uses 84 volts to produce eight horsepower, has six forward speeds and two reverse. It tops out at 23 mph, for up to one hundred miles. Seating for four is provided in wool broadcloth and finely appointed. The car also features locking steering and ignition, and a reverse lockout. The side windows drop down and the windshield pivots out to provide a completely open interior. Electric cars were prized for their crankless starting, smooth operation and silent running.
Special Extension Coupe
 
'Handsome, elegant and dignified,' the Baker Special Extension Coupe by Baker Motor Vehicle Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was put on the market to meet the demand for an inside-driven car. It has shaft drive, tiller steering and right and left brake pedals, but 'virtually no mechanical distractions' inside. You could buy one new in 1912 for $2,700.

Baker Motor Vehicle Company produced electric cars from 1899 to 1914. Thomas Edison purchased a Baker Electric as his first car. Edison's batteries were used to power some of the Baker models. An older model (1909) is owned by Jay leno, who calls the interior 'rather froufrou,' highlighting the fact that many electric cars were marketed especially for women. 'The social prestige Baker Electric,' proclaims one ad, 'is the result of years of refined usage by women who will pay for the best.'

This gorgeous 1912 Special Extension Coupe has undergone a complete restoration by Bill Auerbach and the interior has been redone by Mark Larder to bring this beautiful car back to its former glory: 'It is easy to underestimate the difficulty involved in restoring an Edwardian-era car, but special attention was required for the aluminum body panels and patent leather fenders, which were reconstructed by Amish craftsmen.'

In 1913 Baker was overtaken in sales by Detroit Electric. The company merged with Rauch & Lang, and the last baker cars were produced in 1916.
Recent Vehicle Additions

1950 Cisitalia Colombo 1100

2011 BMW M3 GT

1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine

2017 Alpine A470

1956 Bangert Manta Ray

1980 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV EARNS MAXIMUM 5-STAR RATING IN 2013 EURO NCAP
 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the company's Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover/SUV featuring MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System has been awarded a maximum 5-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), an overall safety rating system for new models launched in Europe*1. Euro NCAP puts new cars through some of the world's toughest safety tests, including an array of crash tests. String of Awards Redeems '@earth TECHNOLOGY' This recognition is th...[Read more...]
VOLVO CARS LAUNCHES THE PURE TENSION PAVILION IN MILAN, ITALY
After introducing Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in Italy, Volvo now launches the 'Pure Tension Pavilion'. The pavilion – a spectacular free-standing tensioned membrane structure – is a rapidly deployable and portable solar charging station for the world-first Diesel Plug-in Hybrid. 'Pure Tension pavilion' is the winning project resulting from a competition for architects and designers held in May and commissioned by Volvo Car Italia. The Pure Tension charging station together with the V60 Plug-in Hyb...[Read more...]
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED RACING CHAMPION GIL DE FERRAN NAMED AS FORMULA E AMBASSADOR
FLORIDA (August 12, 2013) – Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar National Champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner, has today joined the FIA Formula E Championship as an Official Ambassador. Debuting in September 2014, Formula E is the world's first fully-electric racing Championship competing in city-centre circuits worldwide. The 45-year-old Brazilian, who boasts more than two decades of top-level motorsport experience gained both on and off the track in Formula 1, IndyCar and the Am...[Read more...]
Vice Mayor Ms Cheng Hong Officially Welcomes Formula E To Beijing As Host City
BEIJING (June 1, 2013) - Vice Mayor Ms Cheng Hong today officially welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to Beijing as one of 10 global cities to host the new fully-electric racing series, beginning in 2014. In front of more than 400 guests and selected media, the agreement was signed during the prestigious closing ceremony of the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) attended by the Vice Mayor together with Ms Qiu Hong, Assistant Minister of Commerce of China and A...[Read more...]
Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot
To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets. Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles said: 'As part of our commitment to z...[Read more...]

© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.