The battle between gas and electric cars isn't new
In the late 1800s, the Studebaker company was the world's largest manufacturer of wagons and buggies. When the company began making automobiles, they chose to power their engines with electricity, not gasoline.
But eventually, the gasoline-powered engine became the preferred technology. Now, more than 100 years later, automakers face many of the same dilemmas and decisions as their predecessors did.
In some ways, the Studebakers have been proven right — even prophetic. “John M. Studebaker did not like gasoline-powered cars,” says Andy Beckman, the archivist at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. “He said, ‘Gasoline-powered cars are clumsy, dangerous, noisy brutes that stink to high heaven and break down at the worst possible moment.’”
And really, who could argue with
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