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GMC Electric trucks
GMC Electric trucks
General Motors' GMC truck division sold electric-powered trucks, like this moving van, from 1912 to 1917. They ultimately couldn't compete against internal combustion technology.
Before gasoline and diesel trucks took over completely, GM purchased a New Jersey-based electric truck manufacturer that became GMC's Electric Truck Division. The unit sold a full range of electric-powered trucks from 1912 to 1917.

In 1913, GMC produced 173 electric trucks, accounting for almost 40% of the unit's sales that year, according to a GM article on the venture. That figure steadily fell over the years until, in 1917, GMC's Electric Division produced just one truck.

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Last updated April 07 2009: 2:19 PM ET
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