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188-Year-Old History Of Electric Cars In One GIF

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 10

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GIF Credit: Gearheads Via TechInsider

Old Electric Car

Old Electric Car

Hungarian inventor Ányos Jedlik is generally credited with inventing the electric car way back in 1828.

By the late 1800s, the electric car had become a common means of transportation in the U.S. and Europe. Gasoline cars were a rare sight until Ford’s Model T came around in the early 1900s.

The Model T and other gas cars quickly became popular. So much so that by “1914, 99% of American cars were gas-powered,” says Tim Urban of Wait But Why.

The electric car mostly vanished, except for some limited-production vehicles here and there.

Then came along today’s electric cars starting with vehicles like the Nissan LEAF.

This single GIF captures the long history and future of electric cars right up to the upcoming Tesla Model 3. It’s amazing to see where it all started from and where we stand today.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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10 responses to "188-Year-Old History Of Electric Cars In One GIF"

  1. Big Solar says:

    I want the first one and the last one

  2. MIID says:

    Great!!

  3. Foob says:

    Aw, Uncle Clive is sad to be forgotten:

    1. Stephen Hodges says:

      hear hear, and why the electrified dauphine, was that really an important one?

      1. goodbyegascar says:

        That red sedan is an American-made Henney Kilowatt built around 1959-60. Henny was a custom coach-builder for America’s finest luxury cars like Packard.

        Henney bought the tooling from Renault. As I recall, they built less than 50 of these cars. The Henny Kilowatt is now a rare collectible.

    2. Steven says:

      To be fair, the C-5 also had peddles.

  4. Mikey says:

    No Citicar? At least they got the Kewet.

  5. Leptoquark says:

    “By the late 1800s, the electric car had become a common means of transportation in the U.S. and Europe. Gasoline cars were a rare sight until Ford’s Model T came around in the early 1900s.”

    So, in other words, we’re getting back on our original technological path after a 100 year detour with gasoline….

    1. arne-nl says:

      yeah, what a waste of time and effort

  6. Rob says:

    How sad, not a single milk float in sight 🙁

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