Would it surprise you to know that in 1900 almost one-third of all the cars on American roads were electric?
In 1900, 28% of the cars in the USA were electric.
Car companies like Tesla like us to think of electric cars are something wholly new and innovative. But while the modern electric car is certainly an innovation, the basic idea and even the fundamental technology goes back into the early 19th century.
Get a quick but thorough overview in this video from Interesting Engineering.
And there’s more to learn and even a spiffy infographic to look at in Automoblog‘s History of the Electric Car.