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This 1912 photo of a woman charging an electric car is top of Hacker News.

If I’m not mistaken, the car is a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton — where “Victoria Phaeton” refers to the entire body design. Originally it was used for horse-drawn carriages, before early electric car makers like Fritchle, Columbia, and Baker adopted it too.

According to a charming old Columbia brochure (pdf), it might have had a couple dozen battery cells powering it to a top speed of 15 miles per hour, atop 30-inch wheels fitted with 3-inch tires. The Drive took a 113-year-old model for a spin in 2021!


The photo was reportedly part of a marketing campaign by General Electric, which made the charging station in the photo.
The photo was reportedly part of a marketing campaign by General Electric, which made the charging station in the photo.
Photo: miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science