stalebread writes "NYTimes has an interesting article about the popularity of electric cars 100 years ago. The article focuses on Jay Leno's 1909 Baker Electric Coupe. From the article, "In an era in which gasoline-powered automobiles were noisy, smelly, greasy and problematic to start, [with] electric cars,
... [women] could simply drive to lunch, to shop, or to visit friends without fear of soiling their gloves, mussing their hair or setting their highly combustible crinoline dresses on fire. It'll go for about four or five hours on a single charge, at about 20 to 25 miles an hour. Its range is about 110 miles, just about what most electric cars made these days will do. So we really haven't come very far in a hundred years.""