In this episode Robert Llewellyn enjoys a remote chat with our special guest: historian Dan Snow (History Hit TV), where they discuss the potted history of oil and electric vehicles.
Covering topics including: Britain’s coal reserves and its role as a fuel exporter, the whale oil boom in New England coastal towns, the rapid change from horse-drawn to petrol and combustion engine vehicles in the USA, the early success of electric vehicles, then losing the battle with combustion engine vehicles, electric ‘street cars’ or trams (and their dangers!), the oil industry boom in the USA, the place of oil in world conflicts, the impact of fuel crises around the world, especially in the 1970’s & renewable technology developments and the impact on the fossil fuel industry.
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Presented by Robert Llewellyn @bobbyllew
Edited by Stuart Lanceley @slanceley
Still images featured in this episode:
“World’s Busiest Railways” production photo, (copyright Backpack Films)
“Oil Casks, New Bedford, Massachusetts, late 1800s”
(Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum)
All other images Public domain / Wikipedia:
Henri Tudor electric car.jpg
100-Mile Fritchle Electric Automobile (1908) (ADVERT 104).jpeg
Bockenheimer Warte 1900.jpg Tram at Bockenheim depot, Frankfurt am Main, 1900
Ford 1921.jpg Henry Ford with Model T, Hotel Iroquois, Buffalo NY 1921
Lucas gusher (Spindletop, Beaumont, Port Arthur, and vicinity, Texas – oil industry). LCCN2010649511.jpg
Operation Tidal Wave in 1943.jpg
RIAN archive 44732 Soviet soldiers attack house.jpg
The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – NARA 195617 – Edit.jpg
Two women walking across East Grand Avenue in front of a horse-drawn wagon and a Grand Avenue street car.jpg
Wagons removing snow in New York City, 1908.jpg
THE STATE OF OREGON WAS THE FIRST TO GO TO A SYSTEM OF ODD AND EVEN NUMBERS DURING THE GASOLINE CRISIS IN THE FALL… – NARA – 555489.jpg
Auto vertrekt na het tanken, Bestanddeelnr 926-9330.jpg
Gasoline-dealers-in-oregon-displayed-signs-explaining-the-flag-policy-during-the-fuel-crisis-in-the-winter-of-1973-74051974 4271799099 o.jpg
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