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Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Technological Choices

Westinghouse Electric Truck Motor
Catalog #: 2003.0036.01, Accession #: 2003.0036
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
artifact. Electric engine. with cover open: 21"L x 17" W x 14" H, cover plate: 14" x 4"
Date Made:
about 1912
Gift of Douglas Palmbach, Robert Palmbach, and Vogel Electric
Between the 1890s and 1920s, a standard automotive design emerged out of the competition between steam, electric, and internal-combustion cars. Manufacturers chose engines, drive trains, and accessories that they thought would attract buyers or make cars more powerful, cheaper, or easier to operate. The front-engine, shaft-driven internal-combustion car appeared by 1901 and became the overwhelming choice of motorists by 1910.

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