One of the first viable electric vehicles was created by Thomas Parker in 1884 when he modified a gas car by adding an electric motor to its design. However, the breakthrough came in 1835 when Thomas Davenport, an American blacksmith inventor, designed and built the first practical electric vehicle that ran on track in Scotland; thanks to the ability of electricity to power devices with minimal waste, it soon gained popularity among the public.
In the early 1900s, electric cars could be found riding the streets of all major cities. However, with the mass production of ICE vehicles introduced by Henry Ford and the discovery of Texas crude oil, which reduced the cost of gasoline, these vehicles lost their momentum, and the production of EVs eventually came to a complete stop.
The comeback of the electric car in the modern era began in the early 2000s when General Motors introduced their first mass produced EV - the EV1. The vehicle was ahead of its time with its capabilities and technological advancements.
Soon the idea began to catch on with several other automakers like Toyota and Tesla jumping on board. In 2010, Nissan completely revolutionized the market by releasing the first affordable mass-produced EV, the Nissan LEAF. Since then, EVs have been at the forefront, breaking traditional stigmas and leaving them far behind, taking the crown of most significant growth industry.
A Clean Energy Ministerial report estimates that, by 2040, over half of all passenger vehicles sold worldwide will be electric. By 2030, it is estimated that EVs will be cheaper to produce than gas-powered vehicles.
EVs are here to stay and are set to revolutionize the automotive industry. There is simply no denying the numerous advantages of EVs over their gas-guzzling counterparts. From zero tailpipe emissions to significantly lower fuel costs and maintenance costs, the future looks bright for EVs.
The rise in popularity of electric cars is not a trend or a fashion statement - it's a revolution! With new technologies and advanced battery systems, the electric vehicle is a smart and practical choice for the environmentally conscious. From the first electric car invented in the 19th century to the mass production of electric vehicles in the 21st century, the electric car has come a long way. It already won our hearts, and now it's on the road to win the planet back from the pollution.
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