Owning an electric car will surely look good on your consciousness, as it helps save Earth and reduce pollution dramatically. Although cars still requires tires to be made from ever so dwindling resources, it is still possible to recycle them or reuse older ones, but all in all it would leave a smaller impact on our environment.
But what is the history of the electric car? It might seem like a recent invention, but in fact the electric car concept was around for more than a hundred years. Some key events happened along the way to shape the electric car as they are today, but the essential concept was similar.
We owe the first production of an electric car with rechargeable batteries to Thomas Parker, an inventor from England.
It is said that he was motivated by the growing pollution in London, around 1884. Seven years later, William Morrison builds the first electric car in the United States.
The early 1900’s
The concept of the electric car was already set into motion, and by the end of the XIX century, there were already more than 60 cabs in New York City. Nevertheless,the general problem back then, as it is even now, was the price of the new electric cars. Even then it cost more than a regular petrol consuming beast. It was a frightening price that little could afford, even though the car would repay itself in a matter of years.
As the designers of cars were developing more and more complex vehicles which could travel longer distances, it was evident that the electric cars could not keep up with that pace as it would require many more stops. Another issue that perhaps drove the development of the electric car to a standstill was that petrol cars could develop bigger speeds. And for a while, the electric car was nothing more than just a spark.
The 1960’s and on
As we became more and more aware of the fuel usage and the fuel crisis that was waiting to happen, people decided that it was about time to think of an alternative that could replace the now fuel-hungry guzzlers. Electric cars are once again a hit, and thanks to some promotion from major companies, it was possible to invest more into development and research. The end result was a fairly low-range car, but it was still well-received.
The 1990’s were harsh
During the 80’s and 90’s electric cars were not as popular as they were in the previous decades, but the idea has sparked a new trend; the creation of hybrid cars, which would include traditional fuel consumption and electric batteries to help along.
After mass-producing hybrids, the electric car took another turn in developing Eco-friendly cars, which could one day replace common fuel vehicles.
Something very interested happened in 1996. The EV-1, most controversial car ever, made by General Motors, was introduced.
After the EV-1 production was discontinued, a documentary Who Killed the Electric Car found its way to viewers, with a strong-minded argument that General Motors actually stopped the production of their electric car for the political reasons, and not because of lack of consumer demand.
The early 2000’s
Although there was still much controversy about electric cars and how they will impact our environment and how it could replace conventional cars, it was becoming more and more evident that electric cars are not a myth anymore and that they can easily parry with their petrol counterparts.
After the Tesla Roadster, it was clear that the electric car design team has yet to show their teeth at the world. Since then, electric cars are on the upside and pretty soon we will see cars which could travel extremely long distances without stopping for charging as often as we do it now.
As we all can see, the era of electric vehicles is yet to come. A slow process as it is, it still requires that we keep an open mind and a will to try something new. The car industry may become green in the next 20 years if we keep a flaming initiative to car manufacturers and branded Tyre companies to keep their green research a priority.