History of Electric Cars from its advent in the 1800s to its domination in the late 21st Century


If we go back in the history of electric cars it’s difficult to specify the advent of this technology or the inventor of this technology because its evolution is in parts and it has progressed in different parts from dc battery-powered to motors-driven vehicles. The first electric vehicle came onto the roads in the 1800s.

 first Electric Car

During starting years of 18th century few researchers in Hungary, nether land and the USA some people worked on battery powered cars and invented its first type whereas in parallel time period British scientist invented crude electric vehicle .in addition to its successful electric car makes its debut during 1890, a six passenger with a maximum speed of 14 miles/h by William Morrison, and this invention added an interest in e-cars 

During mid of the 19th century, French and British researchers built commercial or you can say practical electric cars, and soon after this different investors started to come up with cars manufacturing companies accords USA. NYC had more than 60 taxis by 1900. During next decade it showed great progress on sales scale.


For a basic overview of this technical evolution, it’s important to know about the development of vehicles or transport mediums during that period. In early 20th century, hoarse and camels was still a basic source or transportation, but America being developed enough and having a strong economy, they wanted to shift towards engine vehicles.

Steam which was the first reliable source of energy to power trains and industry which is helpful in the history of electric cars, was also used initially as a power source for cars but remained usable till the 1870s. Later, it was replaced because it wasn’t very feasible for an individual user in a market as it requires a lot of time to get started, and thus, time even increased more in winter.

Likely in the history of electric cars, gasoline-powered car with combustion engines built internally were introduced in the 1800s. These cars needed lots of human intervention, and manual gears, and to start, they needed a kickstart that was very uncomfortable for many users. In addition to it they were noisier, which makes the driver uncomfortable.

In opposition to above the demerits in the history of electric cars has none of them, these vehicles were easy to drive, and their emissions were almost negligible. Electric vehicles become popular among users residing in city as they were feasible and were good for use within a city or short drive use. As the availability of electric vehicles increases by the 1910s charging of e-cars became easy for users.

Major investors and researchers took notice of the increasing demand of electric vehicles and tried to improve the efficiency of current technology. During this decade Ferdinand Porsche developed first hybrid car that was powered by electric as well as gasoline but later Thomas Edison though that electric vehicle is better to invest in technology and he worked to build a better electric car.

Henry Ford was the one who brought a revolution in the world of electric vehicles. He launched a model that was made easy to access and cheaper for common user. In 1912 gasoline powered are estimated price was $700 were as electric cars were around $1800. the same year a new electric car was introduced by Kettering that eliminates the need of hand crank for starting engine giving rise to demand of gasoline-powered cars and their sales in market.

Many more factors contributed to lowering demand of electric vehicles firstly in 1920s after discovery of Texas crude oil gasoline was easy available and gas stations increased and the cost gas decreased. and a result electric vehicles disappeared in 1935.

Petrochemical crisis sparks customer interest:

Moving forward from 1935 to the next thirty years the demand of electric vehicles vanished almost because of recuing cost of petrochemicals and betterment in the gasoline-powered engine and there efficiency. But during 1970s the sudden crises in petrochemicals and the increase in the price of gasoline and Arab oil conflicts made America to think about alternative-powered vehicles that can be self-made and powered by their own sources of energy. In this regard, a bill was signed for the development and research of electric revivals in America aim 1976 to support the research and development of electric vehicles.

In parallel to it, many other big giants and small investors of market looks forward to invest in the market of E-Cars. Even NASA came forward and adds its contribution towards EV by making a lunar rover whish was the first electric powered vehicle on moon for upper space research in 1971.after all this the major turn over in field of electric vehicles was when Toyota Prius was launched by Toyota that was first mass production of electric car in Japan.

Regenerative Braking system:

interior diagram of electric cars

On the application of brakes in an Electric Car, The energy that dissipates into heat energy into the surrounding can be reused instead of being wasted. That is what the Regenerative braking system is all about.

The system that recaptures that Kinetic energy and converts that energy into a form of electrical energy to recharge the batteries of and Electric car that system is called Regenerative braking system.

This system can be used even in hybrid electric vehicles and also in fully in electric vehicles too.

The other relevant event was in 2006 when Silicon Valley startup, Tesla Motors has started leading electric vehicles industry.


After all this increase in demand of electric vehicles, there is a need to improve these vehicles as far as technology is a concern if we want to make it effective and totally affordable for every individual user.

In the market there is a variety of batteries available that can be used in electric cars, but sodium sulfur batteries come closest as far as cost and durability is concerned. in addition to battery concern, it is important to develop lightweight cars with efficient low power consuming induction motors, power electronic drive system (solid state devices) and microcontrollers

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