Forequarters 4 electric wheels JJ HEILMANN to convert the carriages, Manufacturer of electric locomotive (1897-1900), Le Havre.
Update May 2017:
the Grand Duke Alexei is the uncle of Tsar Nicholas, This photo was taken in Paris after he was sacked as the Admiral of the Fleet in charge of the Russian Navy after its sinking by the Japanese at the battle of Tsushima 1905.
The Grand Duke died in Paris after a life of “slow ships and fast women” in the arms of his mistress the French dancer La Balletta in 1908 a fact recorded in the Australian and not the European Press.
This photograph is of interest in that it is the first known electric car with the Grand Duke, far side rear, in the back.
Single electric headlight to the front, candle carriage lights and traction engine steering, drawing a London made standard Barker Landau.