1916 Woods Dual-Power Hybrid Coupe

Summary

In 1916, gasoline was cheap, and no one cared about tailpipe emissions. But this hybrid wasn't about fuel prices or pollution. Woods Motor Vehicle Company built it to capture new customers. Sales of the company's electric cars were falling as more people chose gasoline-burning cars. The Dual-Power supposedly combined the best of both, but customers disagreed. The car and the company disappeared in 1918.

In 1916, gasoline was cheap, and no one cared about tailpipe emissions. But this hybrid wasn't about fuel prices or pollution. Woods Motor Vehicle Company built it to capture new customers. Sales of the company's electric cars were falling as more people chose gasoline-burning cars. The Dual-Power supposedly combined the best of both, but customers disagreed. The car and the company disappeared in 1918.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1916

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

28.436.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Adin P. Rawnsley.

Material

Glass (Material)
Leather
Metal
Rubber (Material)

Color

Black (Color)
Light green

Dimensions

Height: 82.5 in

Width: 63 in

Length: 160 in

Inscriptions

Running boards: WOODS Hubs: WOODS

Specifications

Make & Model: 1916 Woods Dual-Power hybrid coupe

Maker: Woods Motor Vehicle Company, Chicago, Illinois

Engine: inline-4, L-head valves, 69 cubic inches

Motor: DC, lead-acid batteries, 48 volts, 24 cells

Height: 82.5 inches

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Width: 63 inches

Overall length: 160 inches

Weight: 3000 pounds

Horsepower: gasoline, 14 / electric, unknown

Price: $2,650

Average 1916 wage: $708

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 3 years, 9 months

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