You would be forgiven for believing that the electric car is something of a modern phenomenon, a reaction to the fact that the world’s accessible reserves of petroleum will be gone within a few decades. The first electric car was manufactured in Clevelend, Ohio. The year? 1899.
One of the ironies of the marketing poster above is that the company was not afraid to say just how expensive their vehicle was - but that it would prove economic over time. How many companies would make a pitch like that nowadays?
The rise of the gas driven motor vehice put the electric car companies out of business. It was a case of expediency - they were cheaper and faster. It does beg the question – if research had continued in to electric powered motor vehicles just what they would be capable of now?