The Studebaker Electric was a car with an electric drive, hence the name. The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company in South Bend (Indiana) produced this vehicle. The battery-powered cars were offered between the years 1902 and 1912.
Studebaker began automobile production in 1898, when Frederick Samuel Fish, then president of Studebaker, and the owner's meeting led them to invest $4,000 in the development of electrically powered cars. Even without the full support of the owner, the owner of this project provided a car. The company started with the bodies for electric taxis being produced, which the Pope Manufacturing Company made.
The commercial production began only in 1902, the company opted for battery-powered vehicles, because they were clean, could be easily load and in larger cities also functioned well without refueling.
There was the Studebaker Electric with various structures that were frequently derived from the former coach of the manufacturing company, for example, Stanhope, Victoria and Surrey. From 1904, there was a car with four seats.
Fish recognized early that Studebaker's future not in the electric car, with all its limitations, was but the gasoline-powered vehicle. The experience of Studebaker was in the wheelwright and in vehicle sales, not so much in engine.This realization led to the creation of 1904 Studebaker-Garford . The collaboration worked well until Garford branched off 1909/1910 chassis for building their own cars and Studebaker looking for a less expensive car on the EMF Company in Detroit pushed. EMF should make the entire Studebaker automobile and wanted to sell it on his carriage dealers.
Studebaker continued to produce electric vehicles, to Studebaker John, the father of Fish, 1909, the control of the 1910 EMF sought and actually achieved.
<1912 also saw John Studebaker, the cars would have in the future gasoline engines, and thus ended the small production of electric cars. The official announcement of the new parent Studebaker Corporation was: The production of electric cars in South Bend is complete. They were continued for nine years without much success, and eventually became obsolete to the gasoline driven cars.