Charles Jeantaud (1840-1906), was born in Limoges, France. Jeantaud was the son of a bodybuilder and learned from a very young age his father's trade. Being very young he moved to Paris, working first in the house "Remery-Gauthier", and then in "Plillon" (Champs Elysées), to finally finish working on the house "Moingeard", where he reached an executive position.


Recognized for his work, Charles Jeantaud goes to work in the house "Ehrler" (old Tilburi), the coachman of the Emperor in the Champs Elysees, which was his dream, and it was there where he contracted the virus of a passion: the electric car.

After various experiments with steam cars, Charles Jeantaud designed and built with the help of Camille Alphonse Faure, Gustave Trouvé and Nicholas Raffard, the first electric car in 1881. It was a heavy vehicle with 21 batteries that operated an electric motor. This vehicle, due to its simplicity of operation, showed important and decisive advantages compared to steam cars. Both the construction of this vehicle and that of those that preceded it was financed by the Count and Marquis Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, at the same time becoming a regular driver of their vehicles.

In 1895 an electric car Jeantaud participated in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. In order not to waste time with the recharging of the batteries, he was accompanied by a team that carried recharged batteries and had to change them 14 times. Finally, he achieved his goal, to reach Paris, an objective that did not reach all participants, although there are conflicting reports that say he had to leave the first day in the afternoon.

On December 18, 1898, Count Gastón de Chasseloup-Laubat (1867-1903), aboard the electric Jeantaud, broke the record on kilometer launched using 57 ", (first time officially registered in the world by a motor vehicle). Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, aboard two electric vehicles built by Jeantaud, also beat in 1898 and 1899, two-speed records of 63,149 and 92,696 km / h. respectively.

Charles Jeantaud commercially manufactured cars between 1893 and 1906, among which include coupe-type cars and taxis in which the driver sat elevated in the rear. Some of their cars had an unusual arrangement of gears for front-wheel drive. Between 1902 and 1904, Charles Jeantaud offered a range of cars similar to the Panhard of1898.

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