EV history goes back a few hundred years. The electric battery has been around for about 2,000 years. The electric vehicle has been around for about 200 years. Due to slow improvements in battery technology, the range of many electric vehicles today is the same as 100 years ago. That is changing though.
We are witnessing history in the making with the EV. The US Congress has floated a bill that states a firm goal to promote EV development in all sectors. The bill has teeth, $10 Billion USD in program incentives. Go Feds! In another boost to EVs, the US Government will be paying for home EV chargers to be installed. The Federal subsidy will cover some 4,600 California-based Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint chargers.
In 1910, electric cars sold more than gas powered cars. Although EVs may have had the market share at the turn of the century, they had a few technical and performance issues, and a few bad breaks.
Ironically, the early winning internal combustion engine (ICE) ended up using up vast amounts of fossil fuels while polluting the planet and perhaps paving the way for their replacements: Electric Vehicles. If ICE's didn't waste 2/3 of their fuel, they could have
kept going another 200years.
Today EVs are enjoying the biggest surge since their inception. In this section you can see just what happened to the first wave of electric vehicles, and why.
If you are new to electric vehicles, you may want to check first the EV Basics page. After that if you are considering owning an EV, check out Should You Buy an EV?
All electric cars gives some EV definitions and history of the EV. The next few page Electric car history gives an historic summary, and lists the pros and cons of electric cars vs internal combustion cars and why the internal combustion has car triumphed over the EV.
Next, Electric Car Information is a link between EV history and the present, and gives current issues with EVs such as battery storage. Electric Car Facts presents some useful EV facts, links to current article sites, and forums for more detailed questions.
Electric car news is just what it reads and gives some of the latest EV important updates of our day.
If you are wondering where in the market electric vehicles might be headed, the future of the electric vehicle is covered. The pages Electric Car Future, and Future Electric Car give our best estimate of where the EV is headed. Electric Vehicle Markets gives the general direction we think the EV is headed as supported by industry stats and studies.