The first electric car in Canada, a two-seater with padded seats and wire-spoke wheels, was completed by John Dixon Carriage Works in Toronto


Tuesday 5th December 1893

The first electric car in Canada, a two-seater with padded seats and wire-spoke wheels, was completed by John Dixon Carriage Works in Toronto. A tiller with a throttle attachment steered the vehicle by turning the axle at mid-point. Drum brakes on the differential were used for stopping, and the 4-bhp electric motor was able to push the car to 15 mph for up to an hour before the batteries required recharging, It also had electric lights, a folding top and pneumatic tyres. The recently installed railway power grid was used to recharge the batteries.


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