History of Electric Cars and Utilities Intertwined

DTE Energy Chairman Tony Earley's remarks at The Business of Plugging In' conference

By EV World Television

Once upon a time, Henry Ford worked for Tony Earley's predecessor as a power plant mechanic for Edison Illuminating Company, but when he was offered a promotion, it was with the stipulation that he had to stop tinkering with those "newfangled machines."

The rest is history, but Earley noted that even Henry's wife, Clara owned a 1914 Detroit Electric Car, and until the end of World War One, electric cars were competitive with gasoline models.

His remarks during the 2009 "Business of Plugging In" conference traces the history of the electric car in order to help attendees understand what is needed to make them successful today.

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Published: 02-Dec-2009


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