History of electric vehicles

History of the EV

The electric vehicle has been around a lot longer than most people think, so not are they the car of the future they were a big part of our past.

Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invented the first crude electric  car in 1832 but it was not until the 1884, that EV’s became more practical this vehicle was mostly likely built by Thomas Parker, a British inventor. Thomas Parker was also responsible  for electrifying the London underground. In the early 1900s, in USA out of 2,370 vehicles found in New York  Chicago  and Boston over 800 were fully electric and only 400 were were internal combustion the rest where steam powered.

The end of the first Electric cars

There is a point in time that changed the development of of the automobile industry , if this event never happened we may have a majority  of electric vehicles at this point in time.

The year was 1908 and a young lady had stalled  her Cadillac in Michigan, she did not have the strength to crank start her car, so she sat there and waited. Another driver named Byron Carter stopped and offered  to start her car, she of course accepted As he cranked the car it back fired and broke his draw unfortunately gangrene set in and he died. From that point the car industry pushed forward on the starter motor invented Charles Kettering and this was the point that the internal combustion engine overtook the EV in popularity  and this would not change to the 1990,s.

Los Angles City of Smog

Back in the 1990’s Los Angles had a very bad smog problem.  The California Air Resources Board    declared a mandate to the seven largest car manufactures that if they wanted to sell their cars in California they would have to have either a hybrid or a fully electric vehicle in their range. This was not a popular mandate and would be overturned but in the meantime the car companies started to produce more environmental friendly vehicles.

The EV 1

This car was never sold only leased  but it was loved by many Hollywood stars of the time.