Milburn Light Electric car. Electric cars were actually quite popular around the turn of the century. Gasoline cars were loud, stank of fuel, and had crank starters that could break a driver’s wrist. That’s what made electric cars appealing. The Milburn, built from 1914 to 1923 in Toledo, Ohio, is typical of these early electrics. Milburn’s range was estimated at 60 to 75 miles per charge, which is fairly close to what modern EVs can achieve. However, top speed was limited to 20 mph.