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Electric Car Has Long History in Vancouver

Originally owned by Dr. Cecil and Mrs. Florence French of Victoria, the 1912 Detroit has been hanging around B.C. since 1913.

Published: 23-Jan-2007

The electric car is alive and well - and older than the average Canadian.

Ninety-five years young, the 1912 Detroit electric car was put back on the road yesterday for a fundraising event put on by the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association.

Originally owned by Dr. Cecil and Mrs. Florence French of Victoria, the 1912 Detroit has been hanging around B.C. since 1913. With Mrs. French behind the wheel, the Detroit became a regular sight on Victoria streets "well into the 1950s," said John Stonier, member of VEVA, which currently owns the Detroit.

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