Battery Charger for Detroit Electric Coupe, circa 1922

Summary

Early electric automobiles were clean, quiet and -- with no gears to shift -- easy to drive. But fully recharging their batteries could take anywhere from 8 to 16 hours. Into the 1920s, larger cities often had public charging stations to service electric cars. Owners could also charge their vehicles at home using units like this one.

Early electric automobiles were clean, quiet and -- with no gears to shift -- easy to drive. But fully recharging their batteries could take anywhere from 8 to 16 hours. Into the 1920s, larger cities often had public charging stations to service electric cars. Owners could also charge their vehicles at home using units like this one.

Artifact

Battery charger

Date Made

circa 1922

Creators

Standard Electrical Products Company 

Western Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Dayton 

Creator Notes

Made by Standard Electrical Products Co. in Dayton, Ohio; gauges by Western Electric Company.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

34.371.2

Credit

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

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant Material)
Wire

Dimensions

Height: 15.75 in

Width: 10.5 in

Length: 20.5 in

1922 Detroit Electric Coupe

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