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THE SUN, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1912.
ELECTRICS SHOW AT PALACE.
jObstnclcs Which Chocked Their
Trogross in Enrly DnyB
"WIDELY USED IX CITIES
Display of Electric Pleasure nml
Commercial Vehicles at
Palace This Week.
That th electric hnn nt laM overcome
the handicap from which It nuffereil for
many years, because It failed to make
gcoA the absurd prertlctlt;s of alcsmpn
of the early dayf. la Hpparent from
utatemcnta which are to the effect trmt
the number of electrics In ue In New
York city hn Increased 45 per cent In
the twelve months ended July, 1912.
From the reports of manufacturers there
Is no doubt that the rate of Increase Is
Steadily maintained. Several traffic en
gineers ore of the opinion that ten yearn
from now the number of electric com
mercial vehicles In this city ns well as
In other larne centres will exceed by sev
eral times the number of as trucks used.
.One manufacturer of electric trucks re
ports that his concern sold ten times as
many cars last year as he did In the
past ten years put tORethor. Another
manufacturer reports that In the first
mix months of 1912 his factory sold us
many trucks as It dirt In the entire year
of 1911. A third manufacturer disposed of
BO per cent, more cars last year than
the year before. Other manufacturers
report similar experiences,
The electrical exposition which opens
in Grand Central Palace to-morrow will
bear evidence of the wonderful Krowth
of the electric automobile, both for utili
tarian and for pleasure purposes. Busi
ness wagons of all sorts will be on exhi
bition, as will also the pleasure vehicle
which Is very popular with women.
Speaking of the rapid prosiess made
fcy thp electric vehicle during the past
few years a dealer who sells electrics
In New York makes the following com
ment: "The development of the electric com
mercial vehicle field can be measured by
the development of battery equipment
Sor thest- vehicles. Users of thrm know
the simplicity nf the electric truck from
Hn operative viewpoint. There Is very
little to get out of order, and should any
mishap develop every part of the vehicle
Is easily accessible. There Is lew to woar
out In an electric than In any other kind
of motor vehicle. The speed of the elec
tric Increases ns Increased power Is ap
plied, and applying power conslta simply
In throwing a switch. Kverythlng Is done
with n single lever Instead nf several.
The steering control Is easy and sure.
This makes a great saving of time In
threading congested city traffic. The ease
of operation and control Is ns good as
nn Insurance policy on the car.
"The garage problem Is very much sim
plified by electrics In that they Involve no
unusual fire risk nnd can be housed on the
business premises of the owner. Thus
they save all the loss of time Involved In
going from the garage to, wherever the
work of tho car Is to begin nnd making
the return trip at night.
"Ultimately the electric delivery wagon
will revolutionize shipping and transfer
methods as completely ns the gas car has
changed them from thosn which were ap
plied to horse drawn wagons. An elec
tric can be run easily from the street onto
nn elevator and load or unload Its cargo.
"The electric Is very economical ns re
gards power. Tho driver cannot keep
the mechanism going unless ho wishes the
car to move. It Is noiseless, clean and
sufficiently speedy for convenience and
pleasure In any kind of service. Within
Its radius, which now Is aboul fifty miles
or 100 mile round, trip, It has all the ad
vantages of the mechanically operated
One of the disadvantages from which
electric vehicles suffered when they first
nppeared was that charging stations,
where storage batteries could be re
charged, were few and far between This
condition has been changed. The electric
light central stations generally have
equipped them"'lvs with charging ap
paratus, so that ns long as a car Is within
ordinary running distance of a town of
nny considerable size It Is always possi
ble to renew the power conveniently and
cheaply The New York Cdlson Com
pany, for Instance, has made nil Its sub
stations env-rgency chnrglng stations for
electric vehicles. It does not make a busi
ness of taking regular rare, of automobiles
by supplying "Juice" to them, but there are
Charging facilities at every brunch so that
anybody who needs tho service can have
The electric vehicle section nf the elec
trical expositor) with Its fifty odd ex
hibits will phow how Uic builders of stor
age battery motor cars are devoting them
elves to developing tho lighter types.
The heavy truck of the seven to ten ton
Irarlety will not be t-een. There Is a great
Irarlety of medium size trucks of three to
five ton capacity and .ilso quite n number
Of delivery wagons. Several Individual
exhibitors will dlsplny exposed chasses
Jvhlch will glvo visitors nn Idea of how
llniple and effective Is the construction. It
Is proposed too that cars shall Ik- dis
mantled on the exhibition floor and then
reassembled to give laymen an opor
unlty to understand what the electric
Another feature of this year's electrical
how Is the Indoor demonstration track,
the chief purpose nf which Is to demon
strate the simplicity, ease and certainty
of operation of the electric. An IruUmo
Hon hchool for owners will bo tinder the
supervision of Mrs. Alice K. Waxham.
Here practical advice as to the care of
Hrctrics wll be given. The training course
begins with a lesson In a car riding on a
treadmill. This Is a device to overcome
the nervousness which troubles most be
ginners hen they begin driving cars.
The demand for electric motor vehicles
romes from a number of different lines of
business, but among those most prominent
In point of numbers aro express com
panies, department stores, groceries and
contracting companies, it v III be of In
terest for every business nun to attend
Hie electrical show.
Exhibits of Pleasure, and Dnalneii
Cnrs to nn Comprehensive.
A comprehensive lino of rlootrle auto
mobiles of the pleasure nnd commercial
tyjie will be shorn at the Electrical llx
K)itlon which opeiM In the (irand Central
t...UAA U'..,lt.a.lat 4 lilfll.
w hlcli will have an educational effect, teach-1
Inn prospective buyers how to operate
electrics, N a demonstrating 'track hlch
will lie located on the top floor of tho liulld- '
lug. On a moving platform beginners will
hn Infltriirteit how tn onernte the ears. An 1
instrm tlon car 1 run on the platform, which
motes In treadmill fnlilon Just fast enough
no that the car call b on rated at low speed
without ehanping Its position. After the
iinpll has mastered control the car Is run
from the platform to the Indoor demon
strating track and then onto the street, w here
the nrtunl road Instruction Is cUen.
The exhibitors who will show several
tvpes ot their products Include the Ander
son Klcrtrlc Car Company, the Atlantic
Vehicle Company, tho linker Motor Vehicle
Company, the S, 11, llailey Company, tho
Ibiffalo Klectrln Vehicle Company, the
Champion I'lectrlc Vehicle Company, the
Cleeland-Callon Company, the tieneral
Motors 1 ruck Company, the deneral Vehicle
Company, the ljinln Company, the
SlndebiKer Automobile Company, tho
Ward Motor Vehicle Company, the Kdlon
Storage Mattery Company, the Klectrlo
Storngo llattery Company, the ilould Stor
ngo Mattery and the Philadelphia storage
The efficiency and ease ol handling the
modern storage battery will betllustrnted
In various wnvn, There will be several
charging boards In different parts of the
building. 'I here are many new features
embodied In the electric ears for ibis and
the Palace exhibition will afford the first
uit'ortiinlty of s-ilng tho various makes
under one roof.
FINANCING THE BUYER 1$
POWER VEHICLE PROBLEM
Many Business Men Would IVsc
Motor Trucks, but Heady
Cash Is Lackinp.
One of the greatest problems In con
nection with the exploitation of the power
wagon Is tho question of Investment.
There Is no denying the economies of
motor trucks when properly applied nnd
Judiciously operated. Nor Is it hard to
convince the horse operator of the profits
that will accrue by the use of motors.
The real stumbling block seems to be one
of money how to provide the. willing
buye" with the necessary cash.
In discussing tho situation the Poccr
"KtranKo ns It may seem, the American
public, fwhtrh has bought S0O.0O0 pleasure
cars for cash on delivery, balks on pay
ing Its money down for power wagons.
"Most men hesitate before taking money
out of their enterprises to Improve their
delivery departments by Installing power
wagons, especially when haulage forms
only a small portion of their business.
And this In spite of the fact that money
so Invested is n big revenue saver and In
most cases nlso a revenue gainer.
"Reul cash money Is one of the rarest
things In commerce, probably the rarest
thing. And the motor wagon factor who
has not yet discovered this Is a fortunate
"Most business men have already been
educated up to the uolnt where they recog
nize the need for power wagons In their
transportation departments, nut few
people have given these same men nn Idea
how to get the money to buy motors.
"Although It may le news to some, It Is
well known In the trade that the most con
spicuously successful motor wagon dealers
have' sold machines on time payments.
There is one dealer selling a light machine
at somewhat less than a thdusand dollars
who has over 120,000 In paper In his safe.
His case Is by no means exceptional. Hut
this man, like others similarly situated,
Is tired of 'carrying the bag and Is now
appealing to the manufacturer for help In
handling sales on the Instalment plan.
"This Is another' of the cases In which
the banks should, nnd eventually will,
come In to help the Industry to the good
of everybody and their own profit as well.
"One well known power wagon mnker
has announced 'the most businesslike
nnd most liberal motor truck proposi
tion ever offered to the trade,' this being
nothing less than a cash payment down
and the balance on time, The offer Is
made direct to the user, and It Is stated
that the time payments will hardly ex
ceed what one would have to pay In rent
ing a power wagon by the day.
"Such a plan Is all right for n com
pany that has enoush money to do busi
ness In this way. but It will hordly ap
peal to those vno are not the fortunate
possessors ri nice, healthy bank balances.
"StM! Ine very same thing has been
de;,e In the tewing machine, furniture,
agricultural Implements and other trades,
although even In these Industries there
are some concerns which hold aloof from
the Instalment plan method of doing busi
ness and yet contrive to make a good
"The logical method, however. Is to do t
huslness through the banks, nnd ti.e
bankers will probably soon come to the
rescue when they sec the likelihood of
a. very profitable trade slipping away
Nenrly 2,000 Kleelrlcs In New York.
It Is estimated that at present there
are 1,800 electric vehicles In New York
city, of which 400 nri pleasure cars and
1.400 commercials. Up to this time New
York has not been listed among the cities
th'.t are known as "good electric towns,"
parti). It Is supposed, for the reason that
the working of Idle machines of the pleas
ure car type In the streets Is not per
mitted In other cities where owners of
electrics aic permitted to leave them un
attended while shopping or intending to
buslnti-a, their use has Increased more
rapidly ns measured In terms of popula
llon. Philadelphia, for example, bonsts of
n greater number of electric pleasure
cars per capita, while In Chicago, Cleve
land. Oct i olt and St. Louis there nre
more cars of this description thon in New
York, although the number of electric
trucks In each Instance Is smaller. It
Is with the Idea of remedying this con
dition through cooperative efTort that the
New York Electric Vehicle Association
has been formed, and In undertaking its
woik It will draw freely from the expe.
rlences and resources of similar organiza
tions In other cities where considerable
benefit has nlrcmlj resulted from Joint
effort of this description,
The firt and onb ELECTRIC Cor to Pnthfind tho route for
the GL1DDEN TOUR. Completed tho run from Detroit,
Michigan, to New Orleans, La without a single mishap,
Now nn i:hlliltlnn at our nc S.ili room
1808 Broadway (59th Street and Columbus Circle)
"Tht moil prominent Automobile Showroom it the Wirld."
THE HOLT CHANDLER COMPANY.
Distributors for Flanders Cars
TELEPHONEi COLUMBUS 7181
A "DETROIT ELECTRIC" that
you can drive all day on a "single
charge, that will he ready for every
emergency, every minute of the day,
can be garaged, charged, washed,
oiled, sent to your home every
morning and called for in the eve
ning for $40 per month, a total per
As compared to a gas car that will cost an equal
amount, on which the approximate upkeep will run as
Chauffeur, 13 months ot $J00 per month $1500
Gafolcnc, overage 6 gallons per day, ptr year nt 20c 432 I
Lubricating Oil, 30 gallons per year at fOc 18
Garage per year at $pcr month 420
Which is the Cheaper?
The father, the mother, the sister, xhc brother, the
butler and the maid can all drive. the "DETROIT
ELECTRIC" The Original Edison Battery Car.
Always Ready Always Reliable
Sec the NEW DETROIT ELECTRIC MODELS
at the Electric Show, "New Grand Central Palace,"
October 9th-I9th, or at our Show Rooms. Special at
tention is called to our New 1913 CLEAR VISION
Anderson Electric Car Company
Broadway & 80th St.,
SAM W. MENEFEE,
15GS Bedford Ave.,
U Oct. 9th
g Oct. 19 th
THE LONG DISTANCE
The nmo'unt of Electricity stored in a Storage Battery is
a fixed quantity.
Consequently that Truck which uses the least quantity
of Electricity in going one mile will travel more miles per day
than any other Truck using such fixed quantity of power.
The reason why the Atlantic meets this requirement is
because the best engineering ta'cnt in the United States was em
ployed to design it.
WE SIMPLY ASK THAT TOl' IN VIMTIOATK. OI K r.XJlNF.RRINC. DEPART
MENT :an HELP solve vorit TiiANspourATioN ritoni.KMS.
SEE OUR EXHIBIT, Space 88, GRAND
CENTRAL PALACE, Oct. 9 to Oct. 19
ATLANTIC VEHICLE CO.
1600 Broadway, N. Y.
10 Poat Office Square, Boston
Factory, Newark, N. J.
TRIAL RUN ElgfeI2aJM, TRIAL RUN
APPOINTMENT SsSKBumBfEB APPOINTMENT
ENJOY YOUR ELECTRIC NOW
See the Latest Brougham
Model O. 545 X
On Exhibition at our Salesrooms
CLOYD Y. KENWORTHY
RAUCH & LANG ELECTRICS
1794 Broadway at 58th Street, New York
Phone Columbus 8371
G. V. TRUCKS
AT THE ELECTRICAL SHOW
For ten davs. beginning October 9th, there will
be a splendid Electrical Exposition and Auto
Show at the Grand Central Palace. Don't fail
to see it. You will find the Exhibit of the
General Vehicle Company in spaces 45 and 46.
Here you will see a splendid 3
ton truck built for Arnold,
Constable & Co., a 1,000 lb.
wagon built for Black, Starr &
Frost, and a 2,000 lb. G. V. In
The Arnold, Constable & Co.
truck is the largest one we have
ur c 11 t
Age, prestige and financial
strength are behind everything
we build. As a result G. V.
Trucks are used in 103 lines of
trade. Ao less than 216 G. V.
ever built for them. It is in
tended for transfer work. This
prominent firm has been corr
sistcnt users of G. V. Electrics,
seven of its fleet being nine yearn
old Black, Starr & Frost are
new G. V. customers, having ju3t
placed their initial order for
three G. V. 1,0C0 lb. wf gons'.
Electrics are used by prominent
department stores. Three Ex
press Companies have bought
217. Uncle Sam already use3
1041 G. V. ELECTRICS IN NEW YORK
I I I Will I il 1 'I II Ml I IIHHI I III HI I "'TTn'Tn
There are 1041 G. V. Electrics in daily service in Greater
Xew York, or almost 25 f all the Motor Trucks in use here.
There are 926 G. V. Electrics operated by 25 firms.
GENERAL VEHICLE COMPANY
NEW YORK OFFICE
505 Fifth Aventie
PRINCIPAL OFFICE AND FACTORY
Long Island City, N. Y.
The New York
Opens To-morrow at the
New Grand Central Palace
A cordial welcome at
all the Exhibits of
The New York Edison Company