Grinnell (automobile)

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The Grinnell was an electric car manufactured in Detroit, Michigan by the Grinnell Electric Car Company from 1910-13. The Grinnell was a five-seater closed coupe that sat on a 8 ft (2.4 m) wheelbase. The company claimed to have a 90-mile (140 km) range per charge. The vehicle cost $2,800. By contrast, Ford Model F of 1905 and the Enger 40 were both US$2000,[1] the FAL was US$1750,[1] the Oakland 40 US$1600,[2] and the Cole 30[1] and Colt Runabout US$1500.[3]

Grinnell Electrics were produced from 1912-15. Originally a joint venture with Phipps. After 1915 Grinnell Bros. decided to focus on the musical instrument business, which began in Ann Arbor in 1879.

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  1. ^ a b c Clymer, p.104.
  2. ^ Clymer, p.84.
  3. ^ Clymer, p.63.
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