1912 Rauch & Lang Antique Electric Car, automobile

You know the old saying, "Everything old is new again." The kinds of purchasers interested in electric cars these days — the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and others — echo the sentiments of earlier electric car owners who liked the diminished reliance on gasoline, low cost to operate and maintain, quiet ride, even the "Wow!" factor of being the first in your neighborhood to have one. Near the turn of the twentieth century as motorized vehicles began to replace horse-drawn carriages, lots of start-up auto makers began testing both gasoline-powered and electric engines. In fact, the early electrics (sometimes called "juicers") they tested made numbers of car makers and owners quite happy. The Rauch and Lang Electric was one of the finest, most expensive, and longest lasting of such brands, a car that oozed luxury and was de rigueur for the social set.