Ward Leonard has a long history as a technology innovator. Founded in 1892, Ward Leonard has been a pioneer in US manufacturing for both Industrial and DoD applications.
As presented in the August 2011 edition of Road and Track, the founder of Ward Leonard Electric Company, H. Ward Leonard, presented a paper on "What a Light Touring Car Should Be" in 1902. The article presents on 3 different propulsion methods, including an electric version.
Many of the considerations discussed in the article such as safety and reliability still resonate with the company today, as Ward Leonard prides itself on the design and development of high quality and high reliabilty products built to support the rigors of U.S. Navy and heavy Industrial applications.
You can access the article at the link below: