Electric drive may be finding a home alongside other alternative fuels in trucking today. But the path electric trucks have traveled from their origins roughly a century ago has been a long and winding road—with occasional detours every few decades to near oblivion. Writing in The New York Times for Oct. 10, 1915, A. Jackson Marshall, secretary of the Electric Vehicle Assn. of America, stated that “the electric vehicle is especially adapted to house-to-house delivery and ...

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