Electric Cars, A Better Idea (In 1896)
The Electric Vehicle Co. introduced electric cabs to New York City in 1896, and by 1899 the city had more than 60 of them. The cars were intended to fix the significant waste problem from horse-drawn carriages. Cab companies didn’t believe there was a market for personal cars because it would require knowledge of electricity, but consumers did end up purchasing their own because of how easy they were to use. (NPR)
Would You Buy An Electric?
Photo: Electrobat cabs in front of the Old Metropolitan Opera House in New   York in 1898. (AP/Museum of Modern Art)

Electric Cars, A Better Idea (In 1896)

The Electric Vehicle Co. introduced electric cabs to New York City in 1896, and by 1899 the city had more than 60 of them. The cars were intended to fix the significant waste problem from horse-drawn carriages. Cab companies didn’t believe there was a market for personal cars because it would require knowledge of electricity, but consumers did end up purchasing their own because of how easy they were to use. (NPR)

Would You Buy An Electric?

Photo: Electrobat cabs in front of the Old Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1898. (AP/Museum of Modern Art)

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