In my first book, The Detroit Electric Scheme, one of the major subplots is the rise and fall of the early electric car. I chose it very deliberately. Not only was I interested in electrics, it was a current hot button story, and to make it even more enticing, most people are unaware that electrics had a history past the 1990s.
I try to be accurate to the extent I can in my novels. I dislike reading historical novels only to learn that the author has made up what reads like genuine history to fit the story. One of the pleasures I get from writing historical novels is solving a puzzle – creating fictional puzzle pieces that fit with the historical ones.
Electric cars were popular from before the twentieth century until World War One. In fact, in early 1911 there were forty-six different companies building electrics in the United States alone. The most successful…
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