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Back to the Future - One of the pioneers of electric motoring recreated at Blenheim Palace.<br />
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One Britain's first electric cars, gifted in 1904 to 'Dollar Princess' Consuelo Vanderbilt has gone on display at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.<br />
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This vintage 1901 Waverley Electric car is almost identical to one owned by the 9th Duchess of Marlborough at the start of the 20th century.<br />
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She was gifted an electric car by her mother at a time when electric and steam cars outnumbered petrol vehicles by almost four to one.  <br />
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The booming electric car industry was killed off by Henry Ford's introduction of the much cheaper Model T in 1908 - signalling a dependence on petroleum that would last for over 100 years.<br />
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The early electric cars were steered by by a tiller, had a range of 65 miles, travelled at up to 18mph and cost about £1,000, which equates to £25,000 today.