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100 Years Ago a Third of all Cars Were Electric

German electric car, 1904

Few people realize that a century ago, electro-vehicles were relatively more popular that today. Reason: they didn’t smell, were not noisy, didn’t vibrate and the road infrastructure didn’t allow for high speeds and long range anyway, so nobody complained about speeds of 24–32 km/h or 15–20 mph and short range (50–65 km or 30–40 miles). On top of that, many people were grid-connected, where gasoline stations were still rare.

One of the most famous e-vehicles in history: the “Lunar Rover”

[inhabitat.com] – Over a third of all cars were electric a century ago
[jalopnik.com] – Why Electric Cars Ruled The Roads 100 Years Ago
[wikipedia.org] – History of the electric vehicle

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