Electric dogcart, 19th century

Electric dogcart, 19th century

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Caption: Electric dogcart, being driven by a man accompanied by a woman and child. This vehicle is the dogcart built in 1888 by the British engineer Magnus Volk (1851-1937). Power was provided by six batteries (under seats) that lasted for six hours. The batteries powered chains that rotated the rear wheels. The dogcart shown here could reach speeds of around 14 kilometres per hour on even terrain. Volk is most famous for Volk's Electric Railway in Brighton, England. This was one of the world's first electric railways. Artwork from the first volume (first period of 1888) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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