The unofficial history

We keep hearing the little men with big egos in
Washington, D.C. tell us that electric cars are the
way of the future in the 21st century, and the
uniformed swear it to be true.

So we thought we’d present a history of this
“modern” marvel and what some believe killed it.

Lets look at another one before we move on.

Some more recent history-

In the 1970s high gas prices came and the
government funded efforts to make an electric car.

1982 saw the first modern hybrid cars made at the
GE Research Labs. It ran by computer and is a
direct ancestor to todays hybrid cars.

In 1989 Audi designed a hybrid called the “Duo”
that used NiCad batteries and a gas engine. It
never saw production.

At the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995 Toyota showed off
a hybrid concept car and the first Prius went on
sale in 1997.

Tesla Motors debuted the Tesla roadster in 2008
with a 200 mile range and a price tag out of reach
for all but the deepest pockets ($110,000).

2009 saw the Ford Fusion hybrid.
In 2010 in was the Nissan Leaf.

And in 2011 Chevrolet started selling the Volt.

If you’re still reading this you have now absorbed
the unofficial, unscientific, not necessarily
politically correct history of the electric
vehicle.
Comments are always welcome.

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3 Responses to The unofficial history

  1. nitrous55 says:

    I have talked to someone at the dog park that has a Volt. Those things have a gas engine and the range with the engine is comparable to a gas run car. Chevy has messed up with that omission.

    Also, Big Daddy has been playing with a electric dragster. Hasn’t gotten to 200 mph yet, but will.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    futuret,
    thanks for the link.

    nitrous55,
    I don’t know much about the Volt other than they didn’t sell a lot of them. I think Garlitts will make the 200 mph in his electric rail. With everything else he’s done it should be any time.

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