The electric car is not the invention of the 21st century but was discovered as a technology about 150 years ago. In some cases, more than 50 % of the vehicles were electrically powered.
The electric car was also in such demand in the development, because there were several breakthroughs in this time in the research of electricity. At that time, there were several electric vehicle manufacturers who no longer existed or turned to the production of petrol-powered vehicles.
The further development of electric cars has decreased, as the petrol-driven cars no longer had to be cranked, but could be started automatically. In addition, it was possible to cover longer distances with gasoline-powered vehicles than with batteries, which were sensitive at that time. When also the price of the raw material gasoline sank the electric cars became less, until they were to be found approx. 1920 only in completely small extents and niches.
It was not until the early 1990s that the old technology was revived. Due to the oil crisis in the time the ecological consciousness grew and one wanted to isolate oneself from the oil supplier countries. In addition, the development of mobile phones also led to the development of rechargeable batteries. These new lead-acid batteries made the electric vehicle more attractive as a means of transport.
Some electric cars were produced by different manufacturers in small quantities and sold mainly to companies such as energy suppliers. Many well-known manufacturers such as Daimler Benz and General Motors soon discontinued their production of electric cars for private individuals, as the electric vehicles were not profitable for them.
At the beginning of 2000, electric cars were mainly developed and produced by small companies. With the new and more efficient lithium ion batteries they contributed to the fact that the range was also increased despite more powerful electric vehicles. In 2006 Tesla presented the roadster with a range of 350 km, which showed that electric cars were suitable for everyday use.
Since then, the electric car has been rushing from ever further advances in battery technology to a car of the future via standardized charging systems.
Various countries around the world have recognised this and are promoting electric mobility with various programmes. In many countries, subsidies are given for the purchase of an electric vehicle and, in addition, the charging infrastructure is supported with various measures and funds.
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