A Brief History of Electric Vehicles

A Brief History of Electric Vehicles

By Erika Masako Welch, 07 October 2023

The first recorded attempts at developing an electric vehicle can be traced back to 1828, when horses and buggies were still the main mode of transportation. 

The first hybrid electric vehicle was developed by Porsche in 1901. But cheap oil prices and affordable gas-powered vehicles like Ford’s famous Model T made electric vehicles a distant memory for much of the 1900s. Soaring gas prices in 1968 brought back some interest, and finally, the 1970s brought us the first commercially available EVs. But it wasn’t until the launch of the Toyota Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid, in 1997 that the world considered beginning the transition to electric vehicles. Then, Tesla Motors came on the scene in 2006 and incited a revolution.

A Brief History of the Electric Car

1828 — 1835: Fir

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