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John Gelfer

Baker Electric Auto

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This was pictured in my home town newspaper years ago. Does anyone know what year it is, and anything about the Baker cars?

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Google Baker Electric Automobile and Baker Motor Vehicle Co. Prototype was demonstrated at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Acutal production and sales was from 1899 through 1916. The photo above looks like a 1916 except the location of the headlights. So it's probably from 1913 thru 1916. Electric automobile technology is still not at the point of being able to economically compete with the internal combustion engine automobile.

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Hello,

I've a longtime volunteer mechanic for the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome museum here in Dutchess County, NY. We have a 1911 Baker Electric that we're getting out of storage and it is in fairly good condition; do you know where we could find manuals for it? There are six forward speeds and three reverse speeds. From what I've researched, the setup calls for eight six volt batteries, but I just want to be sure. I put together a wiring schematic together, but I'm not sure what the polarity should be for the battery hookup. Any help would be great.

Thanks,

Sean

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Sean - The HCCA has an Electric Car Register. The contact person is Gregg Lange in Saginaw, Michigan. (989) 792-2840. He may have suggestions for you.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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