25 Aug '13, 12am
THE FUTURE AUTOMOBILE (Part 4) A Century of Steam - EV World
It is relatively easy to see that it was regulation and the psychology surrounding those rules, and not the abilities of the steam-powered carriage and road locomotive that held steam-powered vehicles back from establishing themselves in the marketplace. Dances and Tangye had clearly established that these steam automobiles functioned and if left to their own devices would have held a place in the market. Instead, a conservative desire to not advance technologically over the horse took hold for road transportation. The rules did their damage, but more than that the rules created a psychological mindset against steam-powered road vehicles. One example of how the psychology took hold in Great Britain was that turnpike road crews, whether by order or out or their own initiative, put down 18 inches of loose gravel in front of Charles Dance’s steam road locomotives when he mana...