An advertisement for the 1910 Baker Electric shows how electric cars were marketed to women since they didn't need to manually turn a crank to start the car. It is said that Henry Ford's wife preferred the electric car to the internal combustion engine. In 1908, Ford came out with the Model T which made gasoline-powered automobiles available to a much broader population and changed the industry forever.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: National Museum of American History
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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