[Oeva-list] Fwd: The First Lady owned an electric car.

Myles Twete matwete at comcast.net
Sat Dec 22 13:44:29 PST 2012


Sorry, Greg, what was the question?

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Thanks for the contributions, guys, I figured EV enthusiasts would enjoy
that tidbit about Edith Wilson.  Anyone know if Leno can get interviewed on
the question?  That would get exposure.

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Myles Twete <matwete at comcast.net> wrote:
> I dunno if it was modesty, laziness or forgetfulness J
>
> BetterPlace and others who advocate pack swapping would appreciate the 
> image of a Milburn dealer in 1917 or so demonstrating pack swapping:
>
>
>
> Fashion Auto Station and Electric Garage, Chicago, ILL
>
> The Fashion Auto Station and Electric Garage (740 E. 51st St. [also 
> noted elsewhere as "4612 Cottage Grove St."], Chicago), with its large 
> Milburn Light Electrics sign on its outside wall was a significant 
> place for Milburn.  Evidence seems to indicate that the Fashion 
> Station was the first to offer a battery lease program (1917 
> Electrical World, v69n2) whereby they'd sell new Milburns to customers 
> without batteries for $1485 noting that they would have indefinite 
> range by being able to drive in, swap out the packs in 5minutes and 
> move on.  As early as 1908, Fashion Auto Station had been involved 
> with electrics exclusively, including electric buses.  In 1916, Harry 
> Salvat, owner of Fashion Auto Station wrote an extensive article in 
> N.E.L.A. v39n4 entitled "Greater Garage Service" in which he outlines 
> the challenges of the electric garage and even lists some 23 Chicago
electric stations that had either switched to gas or gone out of business
altogether.
> He laid a lot of blame on lack of coordination between the 
> manufacturers of electric cars and batteries and dealers and stations.  
> Mister Salvat is seen in this photo demonstrating Milburn's quick battery
exchange system.
>
> -Myles
>
>
>
> From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] 
> On Behalf Of Philip N Barnhart
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:47 AM
> To: oeva-list
> Subject: [Oeva-list] Fwd: The First Lady owned an electric car.
>
>
>
> Myles is too modest to tell you he maintains the Milburn Light 
> Electric Automobile site, www.milburn.us. Check it out.
>
> Phil Barnhart
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: matwete at comcast.net <matwete at comcast.net>
> Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 7:24 AM
> Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] The First Lady owned an electric car.
> To: Greg Long <greglongoregon at gmail.com>, Oeva-list at oeva.org
>
>
> My understanding is that it was a Milburn...their Secret Service also 
> drove a Milburn because Wilson didn't want to hear the loud sons of a 
> gas car near him.
>
> ----- Reply message -----
> From: "Greg Long" <greglongoregon at gmail.com>
> To: <Oeva-list at oeva.org>
> Subject: [Oeva-list] The First Lady owned an electric car.
> Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 12:54 am
>
>
> Turns out the First Lady drove an electric car. No, not Michelle, 
> Laura, Hillary or Barbara. Or Nancy... or Rosalyn.. or Lady Bird... or 
> Jacqueline...
>
> http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/644666/Edith-Wilson
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