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PHOTO CAPTION: Detroit Electric Car circa 1915.

The EV-olution of Electric Vehicles

An animated GIF tour of the history of the electric car from 1828 to 2016, courtesy of Gearheads.org

Published: 13-May-2016

It might surprise you to learn that electric vehicles are more than 150 years old. In fact, the technology has been around far longer than ICE-age (internal combustion engine) propulsion.

In 1828, a Hungarian Benedictine priest and inventor named Ányos Jedlik created what is probably the earliest example of EV technology, mounting a primitive electric motor to a simple wooden platform with four miniature, metal wheels. A similar wooden and electric device is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American History from the mid-1830s.

By the early 1880's, European inventors in Britain and France mounted early lead-acid batteries and a motor onto a two-person tricycle of the period, creating the first passenger carrying electric vehicle.

By the early 1900's, a third of all the automobiles on the planet were electric, including the Detroit Electric pictured above. The GIF animated below showing the 188-year history of the EV was created by the Gearheads.org website, showing the 1959 Henney Kilowatt electric car, the GM EV1, the Nissan LEAF and finishing with the Tesla Model 3.

GIF history of the Electric Car compiled by Gearheads.org

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