The Flocken Elektrowagen Electric Car
If I told you electric cars have been around since 1837, you might wonder whether I have been smoking cultivars in California although this is actually true. However, there was an earlier toy version invented by Ányos Jedlik in 1828. We gather he invented an electric motor and did not know what else to do with it.
Robert Davidson of Aberdeen, Scotland sure did. He made an electric battery loco that hauled a load for two miles before the galvanic cells ran out. Railway workers smashed it up because they thought it might threaten their jobs. After that, things drifted until someone invented rechargable lead acid batteries.
English inventor Thomas Parker built the first production electric car in 1864. This looked like a surrey without a fringe on top that lost its horses. This success inspired Andreas Flocken to build his own version in Germany in 1888. So, in case you wondered, a Flocken Elektrowagen was his idea for an electric wagon.
Two years later, William Morrison invented America’s first electric car. This carried six passengers at the dizzying speed of 14 mph causing horses to bolt and shed their loads. By the early 19th Century, electric taxis were whizzing around London the locals called “hummingbirds” because they, umm hummed.
The people just loved electric vehicles because they did not smell and make noises. Lady drivers adored them because they did not need a hand crack to start. And moreover they did not have to reveal a flash of ankle when changing gears because there were none. Thomas Edison invested in an electric car, while Henry Ford donated one to his bemused wife who may have driven it.
However, electric cars never achieved the traction needed to manufacture them on mass production lines. Their time stood still while gasoline autos went ahead by leaps and bounds. Their final death knell was when Charles Ketting invented the electric starter in 1912. The Flocken Elektrowagen and its clones had finally had their day.
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