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History of the Electric Vehicle

History of the Electric Vehicle

While many of us think of the first vehicles being the model T, many years before that, in approximately 1830, the first buggy with an electric motor traveled a short distance in Scotland. The battery had galvanized cells and was not rechargeable, limiting the ability of travel – however, progress was made. Here in the US the first electric car was introduced in the year 1890 in Des Moines Iowa by a chemist named William Morrison. His six-passenger vehicle sped down the road at 14 miles per hour, but William showed that it was possible to power a vehicle with electricity. In 1900, one third of the vehicles on the road were electric. They had a lot of momentum in sales in the early 1900’s. At that time there were really three ways to power a vehicle, Steam, Electric, and internal combustion engine. (Gasoline and diesel) The Steam engine was a lot of work to get going and took a lot of time to warm up. The gasoline motor was hard to start, and was not easy to shift either ... read more

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