This is what the Electric Vehicle Company's "hansom" taxis looked like in 1898.

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Photo Credit: The Electrical World

This is a look into the charging station at 1684 Broadway, a converted ice skating ink.

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Photo Credit: The Horseless Age

This is what the process of swapping batteries looked like, with the battery getting pulled from the vehicle and a new one put in its place.

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The very first electric cabs from the company, seen here in 1897.

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This is Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan in 1908. The Electric Vehicle company was bankrupt by this time, but there were still some electric hansom taxis plying the streets, as you can see in the middle of the red circle.

The term "horseless carriage" makes a lot of sense of these cabs, designed just like their horse-powered counterparts.

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Here you can see a line of electric cabs waiting at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in 1899.

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This is another view of the Electric Vehicle Company's early cab, the Morris & Salom "electrobat."

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An Electric Vehicle Company taxi in 1899.

Photo Credit: The Horseless Age

Here is a diagram of the cab's layout, featured in 1898 in the then-prominent magazine The Electrical World.

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Photo Credit: The Electrical World