Indianapolis Electric Car Outings

Edison MonthlyElectric cars have long suffered from the perception that they are only practical and useful for trips around town. A hundred years ago when electric vehicles were competing for dominance with petroleum fueled cars, electric car sellers were eager to put on demonstrations to show that the battery-powered cars could go the distance and drive further than many electric car owners were confident in exploring on their own.

One dealer of Waverly Electrics in Indianapolis organized a series of sociability runs in the spring and summer of 1915. They explained their goals, “The use of electrics on country roads has been restricted by a certain timidity on the part of owners who have accepted the designation of the electric as a town car too literally and regarded it as an actual limitation of its usefulness to city streets.”

You can revive the spirit and tradition of those old electric car outings by driving electric to an interesting destination this weekend.