1922 Detroit Electric Model 90 news, pictures, and information
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In 1900, electric cars outsold those powered by steam or gasoline, but within a few years the superior range of gasoline-fueled cars had pushed electric cars to the margins of the market. In response. electric car makers targeted women, many of whom had trouble crank-starting gasoline cars-and-shifting the primitive early transmission. Electric autos started with the turn of a key and had no transmission. Companies like Detroit Electric aimed to attract wealthy women by building roomy, elegant cars with interiors that resembled parlors. But the advent of electric starters on gasoline cars in 1912 spelled trouble for electric car makers. Detroit Electric, which had made almost 1900 cars in 1916, produced only 143 of this 1922 model.
This car was originally owned by Mrs. Joseph Ballard of Binghamton, New York from 1922 until 1934. It was donated to the Henry Ford Museum in 1934. The original 1922 selling price was $2,985, which is equivalent to $38,000 in modern times.
This car has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of perhaps 60 miles.
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