GE General Electric – electric car (year 1979)
You wont gas it up. You’ll plug it in. That was the year 1979 electric car headline on the General Electric advertisement featured in Reader’s Digest magazine.
image credit: Reader’s Digest magazine, p. 201, August – 1979. GE – General Electric.
A Progress Report [year 1979] from General Electric:
The electric car. Today, the dream is finally starting to take shape. The experimental model that you see here could well point the way to the future.
GE didn’t build this car. That’s not GE’s business. But the car’s electric motor and its solid-state electronic controls came from GE technology.
GE is making a lot of progress in developing these motors and controls. Even so, electric cars still have a way to go. This one, for example, will travel only about 75 miles before its batteries need recharging.
Still, it’s a start. When electric cars do come along, GE will be ready for them.
Right now, GE is developing technologies for the next ten years – and beyond. In the laboratory is a fuel cell that combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity. Another kind of cell – the photovoltaic cell – generates electricity simply by sitting in the sun.
Technology is a practical way of helping solve problems that concern us all: pollution, disease, energy shortages, crime. GE is using its technology to make progress in all these areas.
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