The Rise of the Electric Car

Once an idea only found in science fiction, the electric car is quickly becoming an affordable and standard choice for drivers across the globe. I would like to share some of the knowledge that I have required about the history of the electric car.

In 1839, Robert Davison was the first person to record the use of an electric car. The batteries of the day were inadequate to make this a reality but he gave it his best shot. In 1913, the electric car once again showed interest in becoming a mode of transportation for the common man. Henry Ford had already developed the assembly line which brought car prices to under $1000 for the average man. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford did a joint venture for over a year on developing an electric car. They were somewhat successful, Thomas Edison strongly believed it would be the mode of transportation for the future. After exhausting avenues to make this a reality, both men realized that the combustion engine was going to lead the way of the future for the car industry. This basically ended the development of the electric car at that time.

Once again, the electric car got some notice from GM and Ford in the years 1996 to 1999. The same problem persisted – that the batteries were not sufficient to give this new type of vehicle the range it needed to replace standard vehicles.

It wasn’t until Tesla launched a very aggressive program on the electric car that it has really obtained mainstream appeal. Just as a point of interest, Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla), is the richest man in the world. His net worth is $230 billion. This vast wealth puts Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s combined billions behind his net worth. Though Tesla is leading the market in innovation, it is accompanied by the largest manufacturer of cars in the world which is Volkswagen. Volkswagen alone this year will meet its target of 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles sold in China alone. The other larger manufacturers of cars all over the world are producing not only cars but are going to introduce trucks and other modes of transportation with electric energy.

Along with this advancement in technology comes another encouraging moment in the future of the electric automobile and that is the most important – distance. Up until lately, electric cars could produce a mere 200 to 300 km before needing to be recharged. The improvement on the batteries that are going into this enterprise has increased greatly and their capacity for distance has improved remarkably. Further to this good news is companies are developing charging stations that will recharge the batteries within 15 minutes. When this becomes in general use, travelling great distances with the limitation of the battery will be overcome.

I would like to add that I sincerely believe that as the large vehicles of the ’50s, the gas combustion engine for cars and other vehicles will be a thing of the past. Many are predicting by 2030 that the manufacturing throughout the world of electric cars will surpass all combustion engine vehicles.

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