1896 Riker Runabout news, pictures, and information
Starting in 1899, Riker also produced a 4-seater vehicle and a truck. In 1900, the company merged with the Electric Vehicle Company and only the trucks continued to be made under the Riker name with production ceasing in the same year.
This is one of the oldest surviving electric cars in the country, if not the world. It is a 3-wheeler with the electric motor driving the single rear wheel. The car was donated to the Henry Ford by the original builder, Andrew Riker in 1930. It was used as his personal vehicle in Connecticut in the late 1890s. In 1920, Riker left the electric business to become vice-president of Locomobile where he designed their first internal combustion engine. He later designed a race car that won the Vanderbilt Cup.
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