The commercial failure of the electric vehicle in the first decades of this century was due to a number of factors, but one which has not yet been remarked upon by historians was the lack of interest of most electric utility companies in the vehicle charging business. Electric vehicles needed careful maintenance to preserve their expensive and not very durable batteries, and in those businesses which were too small to use more than a few vehicles and which could not afford to operate charging and maintenance facilities, this was a serious drawback to their ability to use electric vehicles. It is suggested that such lack of utility company support of the early electric vehicle may point out a lesson for the future acceptance of the electric vehicle.

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  • Authors:
    • Schallenberg, R H
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 137-143
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  • Accession Number: 00329718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM