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July 27, 2015

Amazing Photos of the First Electric Cars From the 1890s

Introduced more than 100 years ago, electric cars are seeing a rise in popularity today for many of the same reasons they were first popular.

The invention of the first model electric vehicle is attributed to various people. In 1828, Ányos Jedlik, a Hungarian who invented an early type of electric motor, created a small model car powered by his new motor. In 1834, Vermont blacksmith Thomas Davenport built a similar contraption which operated on a short circular electrified track. In 1835, Professor Sibrandus Stratingh of Groningen, the Netherlands and his assistant Christopher Becker created a small-scale electrical car, powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

Men ride on an electric car designed by Siemens and Halske outside of Berlin, Germany, c.1882.

Thomas Edison poses with his first electric car, the Edison Baker, and one of its batteries, c.1895.

A Columbia electric car, c.1899.

Roger Wallace drives his electric car, c.1899.

Camille Jenatzy drives his self-designed electric car near Paris, France, c.1899. He was first person to exceed 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in a car.

An electric car being charged, c.1900.

Electric cars of the New York Edison Company line up in Manhattan, 1906.

An electric street sweeper cleans the roadway in Berlin, Germany, 1907.

Electric vehicles recharge at a power substation, 1909.

A Mercury Arc Rectifier Charging Set powers up an electric car in a garage in Cleveland, Ohio, c.1910.

A woman uses a hand-cranked battery charger to charge her electric Columbia Mark 68 Victoria automobile, c.1912. The Pope Manufacturing Company made the car in 1906 and the charger in 1912.

A Detroit Electric car drives on a mountain road between Seattle and Mount Rainier, Washington, c.1920.

(Photos © Getty Images, via Mashable/ Retronaut)


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