Hupp-Yeats Electric Car Company
The Hupp-Yeats was an electric car built in Detroit, Michigan from 1911-16. The parent company was begun by Robert Craig Hupp, previously of the Hupp Motor Company as the R.C.H. Corporation through 1912, later becoming the Hupp-Yeats Electric Car Company. The Hupp-Yeats used Westinghouse motors with five selective speeds. The cars were built as four-seaters in both open and closed models, and came with standard solid rubber tires.
Production thru 1913 was around 1000 vehicles---all were "low hung" and used direct motor-differential bevel gear drive. Only a handful were produced from spare parts in 1914, then from 1915-1919 H-Y produced a coupe and convertible model but with worm drive.
Hupp-Yeats was ahead of their time being the first
electric car company to produce a low-hung body (the first to use
underslung axles) with very low CG and direct motor/diff drive. Its
characteristic "Renault-style" hood and French styling were unique among
electrics and was alternately described as "freakish" or "aerodynamic",
depending on the source of commentary.