|1905 Fiat. Note the crank under the nose.|
It was then that Charles Ketterling changed everything. Ketterling invented a gadget that helped resolve this dangerous enterprise of starting a car. He was able to make a battery deliver a powerful burst of energy that would turn the engine over and get it in motion. The 1912 Cadillac was the first car to employ the new device. Gas powered cars gained yet one more edge over electric cars whose limitations ultimately left them in the dust.
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