Riker Electric Vehicle Company

The Riker was a veteran and brass era electric car founded in 1898 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1]

Riker Electric Vehicle Company
Founded1898; 124 years ago (1898) in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Defunct1901 (1901)
FateAbsorbed by Electric Vehicle Company
1900 Riker Victoria

Designed by Andrew L. Riker, they were built in small numbers until the company was absorbed by the Electric Vehicle Company in 1901.

An article in the September 26, 1896, edition of Scientific American lists The Riker Electric Motor Company, of Brooklyn, N. Y., as the winner of the horseless carriage race in Narragansett Park at Providence, R. I. The prize was $900.00. The article also states "The fastest mile was made by the Riker electric carriage, the time being 2:13." This is possibly the first automobile race done around a track in the USA, and was won by The Riker Electric Vehicle Company.

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Other Early Electric VehiclesEdit


  1. ^ "A GREEN-MOTORING PIONEER; 1898 RIKER ELECTRIC.(NEWS)", AutoWeek, Crain Communications, Inc, 60 (7): 49, 2010-04-19, ISSN 0192-9674

External linksEdit

  • A.L. Riker Photos and articles about the early years of the Riker Electric Vehicles