The ‘engine-starting device’ was patented by Charles F

Tuesday 17th August 1915

The ‘engine-starting device’ was patented by Charles F. Kettering, co-founder of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO) in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to the electric starter, drivers had to use iron hand cranks to start their vehicles. Not only did this require strength, but it was also dangerous.

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