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  • rockne10
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    Electric Studebaker for the first Congressional subway in Washington, DC. On display at Swigart Museum, Huntingdon, Pa.
    http://www.swigartmuseum.com/

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  • PlainBrownR2
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    I think it was a bank of batteries, electric motor, and maybe a large variable rheostat or switch, kinda like an oversized Power Wheels or an electric golf cart. Evidently they made these from 1902-1912 before switching to gas. They were mainly an urban vehicle, as they didn't need as many refueling centers "balling" around town . As for the technical details, range, etc, anybody else know on such things?

    I'm not a big fan on using this sort of reference, but here's some more info on the electric cars:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studebaker_Electric

    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

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  • junior
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    What powered these electric jobs, and how far did they go on a charge? Usually older electric cars used wet cells that weighed a ton, took forever to charge and had a dismal range. I remember the Autolite Wedge,(at least I think that's what it was called)made for B'ville. The car was more battery than anything else, but sure had a wicked body. Can't wait to see how successful the new GM volt will be, I guess time will tell. Regardless, this Stude is very interesting. Junior.



    54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.

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  • PlainBrownR2
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    If I recall seeing some of these at the shows, due to the age of these vehicles, many are usually reproduced from either the originals or drawings of the vehicles. There's really nothing to constructing 'em, except the labor of construction. [}]

    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

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  • junior
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    okay, that means I'll double have to get me one...the Prez eh?? Wow, usually you see pictures of Lowey (sp?) in these types of shots even though we know who is really responsible for this timeless design. Junior



    54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.

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  • Mark57
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    quote:Originally posted by junior
    Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.

    Hey Junior... that "dude" with the "stylin' hat" is none other than Studebaker President Harold S. Vance.

    <h5>Mark
    '57 Transtar Deluxe
    Vancouver Island Chapter
    http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


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  • PlainBrownR2
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    Yep, they produced electric cars(trucks too, but I never see them). This was taken at Omaha, and I believe this was an exact representation of a Runabout, but a neat vehicle nonetheless .



    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
    [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

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  • Sdude
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    As a matter of fact, Thomas Edison himself helped develop the first Studebaker electric and purchased car number 2. They only produced electrics when they started in the car business in 1902.

    Jon Stalnaker
    Editor, Hawk Talks
    Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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  • jd-stude
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    Yes they had electric cars. You could buy electric, gasoline or animal powered vehicles from the Studebaker Co.

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  • junior
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    wed retrobaker 66 67

    Never knew Stude cars went back so far...did the company ever produce an electric car? Is there a photo of such a horseless carriage?



    It's amazing just how pure and simple this design is, and how well it's stood the test of time. I think the ultimate version of the c/k's for style would have been the 53 K, no front bumper guards, 54 tail lights, painted headlight rims. What do you think? Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.






    54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.
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