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History of Electric Powered Vehicles

The first steam powered automobile was built in 1769 by French Army engineer, Nicolas Cugnot. The first gasoline powered car was produced in 1806.

The history of electric powered vehicles arguably began in 1821 with the invention of the first electric motor by Michael Faraday. By the late 1890's the first commercially available electric powered cars began to emerge and soon outsold gasoline powered cars by a ratio of 10 to 1!

Approximately 54 U.S. manufacturers produced 35,000 electric vehicles from 1896 to 1915.

Early Electric Car (manufacturers list)

Time Line (evolution of the electric car)

Among the most notable were Baker, Riker and Columbia. (Photos on right)

For more on the history of the electric powered vehicle, please visit the following links:


History of Batteries - About.com

History of Batteries - All About Batteries

History of Batteries - Corrosion-Doctors

Bagdad Battery - Corrosion Doctors (200 B.C.)!

History of Batteries - Energizer

History of Batteries - Spark Museum


History of Electric Motors - Spark Museum

History of Electric Motors - Wikipedia


History of Electric Cars - PBS

History of Electric Vehicles - About.com

*Listed above are only a few of the many interesting web sites that provide valuable information about the history of the electric powered vehicle. If you would like to recommend an additional link for this page, please send the link via e-mail to ker@kansaselectrorally.org.

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