We can blame Henry Ford for most of the last century’s wars
ABOUT 90% OF NEW YORK CITY CABS WERE ELECTRIC IN 1899
No kidding. This fleet of electric cars was built by the Electric Carriage and Wagon Company of Philadelphia.
In 1902 an electric car, the Baker Torpedo, became the first car to have an aerodynamic body that enclosed both the driver and the platform. This car at one point reached 80 mph in a speed test before crashing and killing two spectators. It was later clocked as high as 120 mph, but with spectators not invited this time.
Yes folks, that was 115 years ago. And now, despite all the hoopla about Tesla electric cars and Nissan’s Leaf, what do you think their market share is in America?
Hope you are sitting down: 0.7%. Yes, less than 1%.
The tiny Norway has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world with 22%.
Ford killed the electric car market with its cheaper gas-powered autos
So who is to blame for all this pollution, global warming, not to mention most of the wars in the last century?
And for the fact that one of the world’s most archaic countries, Saudi Arabia, is now wagging the tail of the world’s most powerful country – the United States?
Henry Ford. Yes, good old socialist Henry is to blame for all that.
The price of a basic model electric car in the early 1900’s was about $1,000, with more lavishly decked out models costing closer to $3,000.
Enter Henry Ford, the Bill Gates of the early 20th century.
FORD’S LEGACY: DEMAND FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLODES
By 1915, Henry Ford, due in part to his innovative assembly line construction, was able to offer his cars at a base price of around $500 a piece. Which made it affordable for even average people, something that had never been the case before.
Little did these “average people” know that they were tying a noose around their own necks. Which Donald Trump tightened this weekend with a wicked $350 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime, one of the most backward and bloodthirsty government on the planet.
So think of old Henry as you see Trump bowing before the Saudi king, just like Obama whom he criticized for doing so. And then also think of the 200 million or so people who were killed in various wars in the last century.
Yes, oil and gas kills. It is killing this planet and its occupants. And its first victim was the electric car of the 19th century.