Baker Electric Motor Vehicle Company History Unique Cars and Parts

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Despite their slow speed, electric had a number of advantages over early-1900s competitors. They did not the vibration, smell, and noise with gasoline cars. did not require gear changes, for gasoline cars was the most part of driving.

Electric found popularity among customers who used them as cars, where their range proved to be even of a disadvantage. The cars were preferred because they did not a manual effort to start, as did cars which featured a crank to start the engine. cars were often as suitable vehicles for women due to this ease of operation.


And the Motor Vehicle Co, of Cleveland, were one of the best of the breed, going so far as to supply an electric-powered to the King of Siam. The body and gear were finished in the folding top was of specially enamelled leather, and the dashboard and wings covered in white patent the side panels and the front emblazoned in silver with the crest.

The car was upholstered in ‘a delicate broadcloth, the royal colour of with silver-grey Persian lace tapestry, puff and silver-grey silk cord and lace’. All the metal parts silver plated, with silver lamps and meter the lever handles were of and the curtain lights at each and at the rear were of bevelled And another feature was almost

Baker was probably the most and enterprising of the American makers of cars. The company was founded by C. Baker and Fred R. White in the year in which Camille established a Land Speed of 65.79 mph in the electric Jamais

The first Baker was little than a battery box and motor on a lightly sprung four-wheeled but within months the company was attractive two-seater runabouts for travel, with tiller and solid tyres. Although the models were chain-driven, drive was introduced as early as

It was in this year, also, Waiter Baker made his attempt on the Land Speed The Baker Torpedo was not, in built by the company. Although it was by Waiter Baker, it was actually from his drawings by the Electric Co of Hartford, Connecticut.

It had a low, body, made of white covered with oil cloth. The and his mechanic sat in tandem, in a fully-enclosed with small mica The car was powered by a 12 hp Elwell-Parker motor, chain drive, rather Baker’s newly developed transmission, to the rear axle.

The was positioned behind the cockpit and the Gould batteries were some in front of the driver, at his back, and some behind the suspension. The car, on its 40-inch wheels, was 18ft long and 3000 lb.

In April 1902, Leon in Nice had set a new record of 75.06mph in his car, and, in June, Baker, with his mechanic Denzer, made an attempt to this at Staten Island New York.

The first Baker cars were all battery and

The Electric Baker was ideal as a car, provided the distance was to under 50 miles.

The 1903 Kid. It did manage some records, before colliding a Waverley Electric Car.

The had covered a mile in 47 seconds disaster struck. Accounts but it seems that spectators on to the track, Baker applied the one of the front wheels collapsed, and the car the course, killing two people and up virtually destroyed. It was repaired and in London at the Crystal Palace in but did not race again.

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Baker’s next attempt to a record-breaking car was also in 1903. was the Torpedo Kid, a lighter, car. The body was similar in to that of the Torpedo, but the cockpit was

In September it broke several speed records at Cleveland, but crashed after colliding a Waverley in a race for electric

Baker Electric also a modest part in military In 1909, the prolific arms Dr McLean, of Cleveland, developed an gun with which he claimed he pepper a Zeppelin at a rate of 200 per minute and a range of 1 miles. The gun was on a Baker truck, but we do not believe vehicle was ever mass-manufactured.

the Baker Company continued to their handsome broughams and They were, of course, only for town use, their range was only 50 miles on a full battery The 1910 limousine — was built to look like a combustion-engined car, with a bonnet holding the batteries had a top speed of 30 mph.

Acceptance of electric cars was hampered by a lack of power but by 1912, many homes wired for electricity, enabling a in the popularity of the cars. At the turn of the 40 percent of American automobiles powered by steam, 38 percent by and 22 percent by gasoline.

33,842 cars were registered in the States, and the United States of became the country where cars had gained the most Sales of electric cars in 1912.

In 1914 the Baker with Rauch Lang, electric car manufacturer, and in the following they took over Owen. Owen adapted the Entz magnetic transmission had been provided for the US battleship New and produced the Owen Magnetic which was later to be offered in by British Ensign.

With America’s entry World War 1 the production of electric by Baker, Rauch Lang was but their manufacture continued well into the 1920s. the company has survived as makers of and electronic equipment.

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