The History of Electric Cars


By: Kevin Geng, Journalist

Electric cars have been becoming very popular in the last few years. Electrical car companies such as tesla have grown a lot. Currently, one in 20 cars is electrical, and the rate is predicted to rise as the years pass by. The idea of a car powered by electricity started to rise in the late 18th century. Engineers in parts of Hungry, The United States, and the Netherlands experimented with verticals that could be powered by electricity. In 1890 William Morrison made a vertical powered by an electrical motor that went 14 miles per hour. They steadily rose to popularity. In 1900 28 percent of the cars in the world were electric. In 1908 henry ford introduced his gasoline-powered car. His car only cost 650$ compared to electric cars, which cost 1,750 dollars. In the next few decades, America discovered oil in texas, which made oil more accessible, and electric cars slowly disappeared.

In the 1970s, oil shortages led people to be interested in electric cars. In 1976 congress passed a bill to search more into electric verticals. Near the end of the 20th-century, people were beginning to be concerned about climate change. Electric cars slowly became more and more popular. Soon more and more car companies were making electric versions of their car. In 1997 the Toyota Prius became the first popular hybrid vertical. The car company Tesla was founded in 2003. Other companies such as Honda and Ford have also been starting to make electric cars.

As electric cars grow more popular and more people are starting to have environmental concerns, the future of cars might be electric.