l'Écho de Paris 29 septembre 1923

A LÉcho de Paris article 01 voiture électrique 1

A Excelsior article 01 voiture électrique 1

THE DEPARTURE OF ONE OF THE TRUCKS YESTERDAY MORNING A CAR LEFT THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND INVENTIONS Yesterday, took place in Bellevue, in the presence of Mr. J.-L. Breton, former minister, director of the National Office of Scientific Research and industrial and inventions, controlled tests of vehicles with electric traction by accumulators. The eighteen trucks and cars presented in the competition left at 9 a.m. from the National Office for Research and Inventions, where the battery charging station had been organized, and returned there around noon. At 2 p.m. a new departure took place in the presence of Mr. Reibel, Minister of Liberated Regions. The trials will last ten days.

Will electric cars become fashionable?

Parisians have not forgotten these electric cars which circulated from the earliest days of the automobile. They even had a cab of this kind at their disposal.
These hoodless cars, where the driver was as if perched on a stand and dominated the road, did not arouse enthusiasm. In vain were they soft, silent, comfortable, we can even add to their praise that they were harmless, because speeding was never their thing, their aesthetic did not correspond well to what a new generation expected from them. auto. In addition to their small, yet nicely regular appearance, they were criticized for really looking like a horse-drawn coupe from which the horses had been removed and the shafts sawed off.
This is undoubtedly why the manufacturers who have undertaken to make electric locomotion fashionable have not failed to keep the hood, a worrying snout turned towards adventure.
Their cars - the ones they showed us yesterday in Bellevue at the National Scientific Research Office - are very similar from the outside to the blowing, horning and whirring monsters that we have become accustomed to. But under this hood, which is nothing more than a false nose, they have placed the essential accumulators, in part at least, because they are heavy and bulky.
Much more than the low speed (thirty-five an hour is a good average for an electric car of the "taxi" type), the accumulators represent the only serious objection in the current state of science, as they say against the electric locomotion, primarily due to their weight (1,800 kilos for a 5 to 7 ton truck); secondly because they are slow to recharge; finally because charging stations are still very few in number for the entire French territory.
It is true that these stations can multiply. It is also true that the slow charging operations can be replaced, as soon as we want to organize ourselves in this direction, by a simple exchange of empty accumulators for fully charged ones. But these are anticipations...
As well as the manufacturers, the Union of electricity unions, the Automobile-Club and the National Research Office they especially presented yesterday to Mr. Reibel, Minister of the Liberated Regions, to whom nothing of what is happening in Seine- et-Oise is not foreign, a program has no future.
A program which is also in the process of being implemented: it begins with eight days of exhibitions, starting yesterday. There is no need for Parisians to travel to Bellevue to attend, although the route by baleau and funicular has its charm. Electric cars will come to them on the 1st, 4th and 8th of next month. We will see the heavy trucks circulating around the Trocadéro, while the lighter ones venture onto the slopes of rue Lepic. In short, everything will be done to give us confidence in a mode of locomotion, which is not new, but whose advantages have perhaps been too neglected until now. These are real, and of various kinds: the softness, the comfort, the silence of which we spoke, the absence of burned gases, too, of these gases which offend our sense of smell as city dwellers and which will end up fuming our trees and then the real ease of driving: electric cars, with one or two speeds, drive like a child's toy.
Finally, the best quality is undoubtedly economy. Dynamic economy (while our oil buses need 45 HP, 15 or 17 would be enough for electric buses); financial economy, since gasoline is overpriced while France, with its rivers, its waterfalls, is so rich in electricity.
At present, the electric motor hardly allows, without recharging, to travel more than 35 kilometers if it is a heavy truck, or 50 to 80 if it is a light car. Tourism cannot therefore benefit from it. This will come, and first in the mountain countries where there is a tendency to electrify the railways and where each station will act as a “charging station” cheaply, since it will be able to use its waste energy ".
Already, our Ministry of War is interested in the question, where it sees the solution to the problem that a fuel crisis would pose for it in the event of improbable isolation.
And then, supreme encouragement, are we not told that 30,000 electric vehicles are running in England and 180,000 in America.