From the Maine Farmer, 12 August 1897:
Thomas Edison, the noted electrician, says that the day of the electric motorcar that will sell for something like $100 is surely coming. There are no insurmountable difficulties in the way. The thing is feasible enough, and an army of inventors is at work upon it. When it comes the bicycler will have the choice of working his own passage or having it worked for him. Some of them pretend to like the former, but with the alternative in reach the chances are that they will develop an indolent and luxurious preference for the latter. The vehicle is certainly on the way, various in type and function, and Mr. Edison's declaration that it will speedily arrive is the more significant from the fact that he ought to know what he is talking about. When it comes, we want one adapted to clay and sand, hills and ledges, before it can take the place of the good old Morgan horse.