This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the design and operation of automobiles and the use of storage batteries in electric vehicles. Among the items for 1910 are documents pertaining to Edison's research into the number of electric vehicles on the road and the experience of their owners with lead storage batteries. Other letters deal with Edison's promotion of trucks using his storage battery. At the end of the folder is an undated draft in Edison's hand of a circular for an "Electric Automobile with the New Edison Battery." Among the correspondents are Frank L. Dyer, vice president and general counsel of the Edison Storage Battery Co., and William G. Bee, sales manager. There are also numerous letters by automobile manufacturers such as Babcock Electric Carriage Co., Electric Vehicle Co., Studebaker Automobile Co., and Waverly Co.; and by individual owners of electric vehicles.
Approximately 60 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected include correspondence with Cryder & Co. and others regarding orders, bills, and automobile parts; letters of transmittal; unsolicited inquiries; and documents that duplicate information in selected material.
Invoices and account sheets that pertain to the upkeep of Edison's automobiles can be found in D-10-42 (Glenmont).