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This Day in History: Studebaker

Alameda Post - two old magazine or newspaper ads for Studebaker electric automobiles. In one, a well dressed pair of ladies drive it by themselves. One add has a long list of specs including motor, battery, brakes, tires, and more. The speed is listed at 15 miles per hour.
Left: 1902 Studebaker Victoria Electric. Right: 1902 Stanhope Phaeton Electric.

Studebaker was  founded 171 years ago, in February 1852. Studebaker began as a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana, but soon started to build passenger carriages and utility wagons. In 1902 Studebaker entered the automobile business—their first car was an electric vehicle. The Studebaker EV was available in several body styles, all based upon horse-drawn carriage designs they already produced. Studebaker produced electric cars from 1902 to 1912.

John Berg is a contributing writer for the Alameda Post.

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