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In 1898, Walter C. Baker established the Baker Motor Vehicle Company in Cleveland, Ohio, to manufacture electric automobiles. He built one of the most refined and desired American electrics. It was popular, partuculary with women for its silence, ease of starting and driving.
Baker electrics were introduced in 1900 at the first National Automobile Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the show, the Baker electric attracted a great deal of attention for its appearance and lightweight construction.
The Baker electric was best suited for use in and around town rather than rural touring because the batteries required recharging about every 50 miles. High speed driving or hill climbing required recharging even sooner.
The price of an electric car was heigher than the price of a steam or gasoline automobile. Steam-powered cars usually were priced from $650 to $1,500. Gasoline cars were priced from $1,000 to $2,000. The electric cars ranged from $1,250 to $3,500. Since a long journey could not be guaranteed, even at a higher price, the Baker Motor Vehicle Company discontinued production in 1916.