Henry Ford's wife, Clara Ford drove a 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47. It had a range of 200 miles and she paid an extra 600 dollars to have Thomas Edison's Nickel Iron battery installed. She told Henry that she would not drive his new "explosion car". Why did Thomas Edison fight so hard to keep his DC charging stations running when Nikola Tesla's AC motor was clearly more efficient? Edison was a huge shareholder in The Electric Car Company. Why do all the documentaries leave the electric cars out? They were around in 1880 through the early 1940s. They just never get mentioned. Not mentioned at all in that series (the men who built America). John D. Rockefeller,( founder of standard oil) drove a Detroit Electric. The first documented woman driver in America, Genevra Delphine Mudge, drove a Waverly Electric Car. President Taft (1909-1913) was the first president to own and operate a car during his president. Yes, you guessed it, an all electric . It was a Baker Electric. Now I Know why big oil donates so much to education and historical foundations.