At the the beginning of the 20th century the U.S. had almost twice as many electric cars registered as gasoline ones. There were around 300 manufacturers of electrics. By the beginning of World War II they were almost all gone. Now at the beginning of the twenty first century we are seeing a resurgence of electric automobiles spurred on by concerns for the environment and the depletion of natural resources. This resurgence is being made possible through advancements in battery and electronics technology. We are on the dawn of a new age of the electric automobile.



One of  the old Latin sayings was: “Historia magistra vitae est” in translation “history is life’s teacher”.    The main idea behind that saying is that the study of the past should serve as a lesson to the future. With that in mind we have prepared a few interesting links/materials for you to read.


The History of the Electric Car by the United States Department of Energy

 Roster of Electric Autos

The list of manufacturers of electric automobiles above is from the July-August 1970 issue of Antique Automobile, a publication of the “Antique Automobile Club of America“. It is reprinted here with their permission.


Paul Ridden in 2011 wrote about museum team in Germany that recreated the world first electric car. Extremely Informative article and great photos. http://www.gizmag.com/autovision-museum-recreates-ayrton-and-perry-electric-car/20528/



Here you can read about the one of the first electric car competitions.



Additional info for all EV’s aficionado’s: http://www.hybrid-vehicle.org/hybrid-vehicle-history.html


Early History of Electric Cars in French: http://philippe.boursin.perso.sfr.fr/velec/1899.htm


History of the Early American Automobile  Industry, 1861.-1929. This article contains many photos  and documentation of early electric vehicles:



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