Excellent post, jljeeper! You have gathered in one post the information that was spread out in many sources. Some of the forum members knew this information, because a true EV fan will use the vast resources of the World Wide Web to look up and read the articles, and see the illustrations. I visited Dearborn, Michigan in November 1989, and I did get to the entrance of the Ford Museum but my fellow travelers who were not automotive fans, didn't want to visit the Museum, so I lost the opportunity of seeing up close the Detroit Electric that Clare Ford drove. According to the Museum, that electric car is 100% functional. All it needs is a charge in its Edison battery and air in its tires!
I read somewhere that she established some of her own travel records as she drove that car for many miles. How she get it recharged is a story that even Elon Musk would had enjoyed.
BTW, there were many famous (and faster) women drivers before Danica Patrick. in 1965, Craig Breedlove's wife, Lee Breedlove, took his Goodyear sponsored Sonic 1, making four passes and achieving 308.506 mph (496.492 km/h), making her the fastest woman alive (and still holds that record):
And there are the stories of female drag racers and stock car racers who left their mark on racing history. I bet Danica read about them before starting her career!
EV manufacturers should go back to the past and revive the reasons women drove electric cars as the reasons to drive them again. I know many women, including my wife, who would enjoy driving electrics now if we could buy them.
No Volt or Spark EV yet
2009 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT
1995 Buick Regal Limited sedan