The Electric Vehicle Company was founded
founded by Henry G. Morris and Pedro G. Salom in 1899 by the merger of
Pope Manufacturing Company and two smaller firms. The company pioneered the use of pressed steel for
wheels, and its cars featured
front-wheel drive and brakes, and
Electric Cabs in NYC
1899, ninety percent of the cabs in New York City were electric and
Jacob German was the first man to be arrested for speeding. He was a New
York taxi driver who was arrested after being caught doing 12 mph
on Lexington Avenue. By 1900, the Electric Vehicle Company had put
hundreds of its electric Hansom cabs, modeled after the design of its
horse-drawn predecessors, on the streets of the metropolis. The Hansoms
eliminated the need for a differential by providing a separate motor and
axle for each rear wheel.
Beginning in 1901, the Electric
Vehicle Company produced both gasoline-powered and electric automobiles.
In 1904, the Electric Vehicle Company built 2000 taxicabs, trucks, and
buses, and set up subsidiary cab and car rental companies from New York
1905 advertisement for a line of Columbia
gasoline-powered and electric cars built by the Electric Vehicle
In 1907 Electric Vehicle went into the receivership.