Check out this beast!
So are those guys the driver and the footman?
Another early electric?
Driver and footman or two pushee's when the batteries go dead!
Another great picture of history but I'm stumped on how you got this photo of Patty and I on a shopping trip to get her the very first parakeet she ever had.
I SEE A WONDERFULL PIECE OF HISTORY AND WISH I WAS THERE TAKEING THE PHOTO.WHAT A GRAND THING FROM WAY BACK WHEN,AND THE SHARPNESS OF THE PICTURE TOO. THANK YOU TOM, I ENJOY SEEING WONDERFULL PHOTOS LIKE THAT.GREG
I believe one of the first true "Hybrids." Maybe a Woods?
It certainly is the antithesis of a Model T. It reeks of money and privilege. Just look at the facial expression of the guy in the back seat, presumably the owner.
Thanks Rick! It's a really great photo.
Yeh Henry, the guy in the back seat's got that smug "Boy look at me, I am rich and got my two drivers to prove it" look! The missus just looks plain bored, probly rather be home being served tea by the servants. One heckuva nice car though, wonder if it was the fore-runner of forward control?
Great pic Rick!
That is Rhode Island senator George Wetmore and his wife in a Kreiger Electric Landaulet, complete with Chauffeur and Second ("Running") Footman
What the heck is a footman?
Robert, a foot is the thing on the end of your leg. It has the toes on the end of it, man.
Allan from down under.
Footman were basically an assistant butlers. Wealthy houses could have several that varied in rank and duties. A "running " footman was a term held over from the days of carriages and coaches where the footman assigned to the livery would occasionally run along on foot ahead of the vehicle and clear obstacles or warn of road hazards.
When a footman was assigned to assist a chauffeur (as this one appears to have been) they would dress in matching suits, coats, boots and gloves, much like a matching team of horses would be fitted
Well I'm sure good old G.W. enjoyed his privilege and deep draughts of OPM, But I would loved to have driven that fine looking conveyance!
And I imagine the missus would get a little feisty when the chauffeur ran over any freshly deposited horse biscuits. Hopefully she remembered to put a bit of perfume in her hanky before she left the house.
That is absolutely beautiful! Gross and grandiose but beautiful. Whirr!
Where the devil is there room for the batteries?
Uncultured cretin that I am, I only see a silly AND ugly (even if it is
historic) conveyance. Something about hoods out front with grilles
and headlights .... just gotta have 'em !
Note the etched "scene" side glass.
Batteries were stacked under the operator's seat and reportedly were good for 65 milse per charge. Kreiger also pioneered power steering, gasoline/ electric hybrids and regenerative braking systems.
All before the Model T ever hit the market!
Hi All. Could this vehicle be Front wheel drive or may be 4wd. By the looks of inboard of the front wheels, there is a lot of heavy iron also the wheel hubs could be full of gears for motive power. Regards ...Neil.
No Dale that's Dennis and his wife Patty, didn't you read his post. I could just picture one of those guys holding the cage with the parakeet
a GILDED cage, no doubt!
65 miles is nothing to sneeze at then. Well, if one was a bit gentle on the throttle.
A regen brake without a computer and the vague Pascal style writer/coder making one wonder about a hundred different things verses the fella that needs to make it go? Too darned cool. I've had a couple people ask me about regen braking lately on a modern 80V DC to 80V AC 3 phase system.
Interesting to me.
Burger, how do YOU pronounce cretin?
I use MASH's Charles Emerson Winchester's notion/pronunciation of cretin as a guide.
Interested still but just pullin' yer chain hard. :-)
I want that "car" but I'd just scratch it and use it.
EV's are right cool, right in front of us today yet far more difficult to sort out if one needs to adjust something on it.
What a nice car! Tim
Agree Tim, neither "silly nor ugly".
Ha! Ha! Allan from down under. Now I know!!
Aesthetically bizarre. It would look much better about a half-ton lighter, on finer wheels pulled by a handsome team of 15h2" greys.
Your comment is dead on. That thing is a snapshot of the transition from animal drawn vehicles to self propelled vehicles. The carriage style, the difference in rear and front wheel size, a driver and a footman, and so on all speak to a vehicle that had not yet adapted to its new means of propulsion.
Probably took 6 tons of coal to produce enough electricity to charge batteries for the day. Lol