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Frequently Asked Questions


What are Electriquettes?

The ad shown to the right shows the way the Electriquette was advertised in 1914-1916.  Built for Clyde Osborn in San Diego, these were popular wicker carts that went around Balboa Park.  Visitors rented them and frequently posed for photos, making them an oft-seen attraction for the Panama-California Exposition.Electriquette ad

The original design was an electric cart with two batteries. The chairs averaged eight hours per charge.

A hand lever across the lap of the driver was used for steering.  The normal speed was three miles per hour and there was a brake drum on the rear wheel which was operated by either a hand brake or an emergency foot brake.

The complete chair weighed 525 lbs and had a seat 38 inches wide, seating two or three persons.  More info on the Electriquette

When can I ride in one?

They will be on the Prado in the Spring of 2016. Stay tuned for more information as we have it.

Was it really an electric car in 1915?

Yes, electric cars were actually more common than you’d think at the time.  While they sound very new and futuristic to us, many early car designers worked to make electric cars.  The designer of the Electriquette had an electric car dealership and designed the wicker carts partly as a promotional item to show off the abilities of electric cars.

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