Around the turn of the century, constructor's opinions were divided. Some continued to believe in the the steam engine, while others saw more potential in the more modern petrol or electric engine. In 1899, engineer Camille Jenatzi broke the speed record with his vehicle, powered by an electric engine. This company introduced the first electric cars in 1907. A total of 14,000 were sold. Customers liked their non-smelling, completely silent cars. They were also easy to operate. But although the production of the Detroit Electric continued for a long time, the car had no future. Th operating range of 100 kilometres was far too limited. And the car weighted some 2,300 kilos because of the massive built in batteries.
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