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
Comments are always welcome.