Car manufacturersin New Jersey??? Actually, yes!
Andrew Riker's company in Elizabethport (today Elizabeth) was one; he
produced electric vehicles like this, adequate only for short trips on
surfaced roads. From the time he went into business in 1899 until 1929,
more than sixty automakerssome actual factories, others garages
where mechanics attached engines to buggiescalled New Jersey home.
Most went out of business quickly; New Jersey produced mostly steam and
electric cars, which were soon superseded by gasoline-powered vehicles.
Plus, the market was limited for its pricey models. By the time the stock
market crashed in 1929, all of the state's automakers were out
of business, and the centers of automobile production had moved to the