The First Gasoline-Powered Cars Are said to Have rolled Off the Assembly Line In The Late 1880s

California’s gas-car phaseout brings turmoil to mom-and-pop gas stations

Updated 8:59 pm, Monday, August 11, 2012

The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s.

The first gas-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s.

Photo: Karen Ducey / The Chronicle

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An owner of a “petrol” station in San Francisco fills up his station’s pump on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s. less

An owner of a “petrol” station in San Francisco fills up his station’s pump on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s. less

A fuel pump at a “petrol” station in San Francisco is filled with gasoline Sunday afternoon. The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s. less

Fuel pumps are filled with gasoline at a “petrol” station in San Francisco. The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s. less

Fuel pumps are filled with gasoline at a “petrol” station in San Francisco. The first gasoline-powered cars are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s. less

A sign advertising gasoline in the front window of a station in Los Angeles.

A sign advertising gasoline in the front window of a station in Los Angeles.

Photo: Karen Ducey / The Chronicle

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The first motorized vehicles are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s.

The first motorized vehicles are said to have rolled off the assembly line in the late 1880s.

On Sunday, San Francisco rolled out its first public electric car, a Ford Explorer hybrid. The car comes courtesy of electric-car start-up Better Place and its

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