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Morris & Salom

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The Electrobat was one of the first electric automobiles. It was designed and built in 1894 by mechanical engineer Henry G. Morris and chemist Pedro G. Salom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Morris and Salom's electric Crawford wagon during the 1895 Chicago Times-Herald Race. (source: National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.)

Both had backgrounds in battery streetcars and, as the battery streetcar business was fading, they teamed up to make battery road vehicles. Their effort was patented on August 31, 1894.

Built like a small version of a battery streetcar, it was a slow, heavy, impractical vehicle with steel tires to support the 1,600 pound immense weight of its large lead battery. It entered production in 1895. In 1896, Morris and Salom founded the Morris & Salom Electric Carriage and Wagon Company, evidently the first electric car company in America.

(Part of this article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It includes content from this Wikipedia article.)

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Morris & Salom electric carriage entered in the 1895 Chicago-Times Herald race. (source: Chicagology - 1895 Motocycle Race).

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October 20, 1895 clipping from The Philadelphia Inquirer. (source: Newspapers)

 
 
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