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A friend came by yesterday with a Life magazine from 1912.

What would the world be like now had this car company taken over instead of the internal combustion engine?
The last line of this article (Jay Leno owns one) gives us a clue...  "Legend has it that back in 1896, at a dinner party, he (Edison) passed a note to his friend Henry Ford. Essentially it said, "The electric car is dead."
Even so, Wikipedia says one was purchased by Edison as his first car.