Steam and Electric Autos

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Revival of Steam and Electric Vehicles

Search for Modern Versions of Long-Gone Cars

When the electric broughams and Stanley Steamers of half a century ago tooled off into apparent oblivion, they were mourned by few and in time scarcely remembered. The internal combustion engine, more powerful than electric and less cumbersome than steam, had forced all competitors off the streets and highways never to return—or so it seemed until recently.

Today more money and time are being expended to develop practical electrics and steamers than at any time since the heyday of those vehicles in the years before World War I. Why? Air pollution and traffic congestion in American cities have set in motion a search for a substitute for the gasoline engine. The U. S. Public ...

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