Public EV charging map from 1917

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Post by londiniumperson » Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:32 pm

Today I was sent this, a public EV charging map from 1917:

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Post by ZoeDave » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:48 pm

Absolutely amazing - thank you!

What would also be interesting is a map of petrol stations from the same year, but maybe by 1917 the 'format war' may already have been won?

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Post by londiniumperson » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:18 pm

ZoeDave wrote:
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:48 pm
Absolutely amazing - thank you!

What would also be interesting is a map of petrol stations from the same year, but maybe by 1917 the 'format war' may already have been won?
Google seems to say zero petrol stations in England by 1917
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Post by londiniumperson » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:19 pm

Here’s what I found at:
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/ ... g-station/

The first filling station in England was opened in November 1919 at Aldermaston, Berkshire by the Automobile Association (AA). At the time, the AA was trying to promote the sale of British-made benzole fuel - a by-product of burning coal - as an alternative to imported Russian petrol. Prior to this, benzole from Russia had been widely available, but in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this trade was viewed in England as tantamount to supporting the Bolsheviks.

At the Aldermaston filling station, with its single hand-operated pump, motorists were served by AA patrolmen in full uniform. The organisation opened another seven filling stations, and very soon the idea of selling British-made fuel took off, with 7,000 pumps in use by 1923.
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Post by ChesterUK » Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:20 am

londiniumperson wrote:
Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:32 pm
Today I was sent this, a public EV charging map from 1917
That is awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

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