1922 Detroit Electric Coupe

Summary

The elegant Detroit Electric was the best-known and most long-lived American electric car company. Detroit Electric built cars from 1907 to 1942, although after 1930 production was limited to custom orders. This four-passenger Model 90 coupe was in regular use from 1922 to 1934. A large battery provided electricity for the vehicle's electric motor. The car had a driving range of 70 to 100 miles between charges and a top speed of about 25 miles per hour.

The elegant Detroit Electric was the best-known and most long-lived American electric car company. Detroit Electric built cars from 1907 to 1942, although after 1930 production was limited to custom orders. This four-passenger Model 90 coupe was in regular use from 1922 to 1934. A large battery provided electricity for the vehicle's electric motor. The car had a driving range of 70 to 100 miles between charges and a top speed of about 25 miles per hour.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1922

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

34.371.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Joseph W. Ballard.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Leather
Glass (Material)
Cloth
Rubber (Material)

Color

Dark blue
Black (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 71 in

Width: 65 in

Length: 159 in

Wheelbase: 100 in

Inscriptions

Monogram: JWB Plate on firewall: THIS 1922 MODEL DETROIT ELECTRIC CAR IS POWERED BY AN EDISON NICKEL-IRON-ALKALINE STORAGE BATTERY MANUFACTURED IN OCTOBER, 1913, AND WHICH FOR MANY YEARS WAS USED TO OPERATE MRS. HENRY FORD'S PERSONAL ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE. Plaque under front hood: DETROIT ELECTRIC CAR CO. / DETROIT MICH., U.S.A./ETC. Step plates and hubs: THE DETROIT ELECTRIC CAR CO. / THE DETROIT ELECTRIC/DETROIT, MICH., U.S.A.

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