The Electric Car in Its - Old and New? - Heyday: Background information when reading Detroit Shuffle

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Detroit Shuffle

A Detroit Mystery

by D.E. Johnson

Detroit Shuffle
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    Sep 2013, 336 pages
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The Electric Car in Its - Old and New? - Heyday

Detroit Electric BroughamBefore there was Henry Ford's Model T, there was the Detroit Electric Car Company's Tornado. It is protagonist Will Anderson's pride and joy in D. E. Johnson's Detroit Shuffle. Johnson's fictional Anderson is supposedly the son of the actual founder of Detroit Electric, William C Anderson. Even today, the company is touted as one of the most, if not the most, successful electric car manufacturer in the United States, with total sales from 1907 to 1939 of approximately 13,000 vehicles, including trucks and, later, ambulances. So popular were their cars that Clara Ford, wife of Henry, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, drove a 1914 Detroit Electric Brougham.

Indeed, in a time when most jaunts from home to work or market were under 20 miles round trip and required speeds no greater than 15 mph, electric cars were exceedingly popular. Although Johnson's Anderson claims his Tornado has speeds up to 45 mph. With upwards of 150 electric car manufacturers from Detroit to Denver to Paris...

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