Don’t ever let anyone tell you electric cars are new–they aren’t–and here is plenty of proof. If we had been continuously developing battery technology since the electric cars listed below were in operation, most certainly we would be far better off today. No one knew then about climate change and how much impact air pollution could have on human health, but they actually had more electric car choices than we have today. This is just a handful of the electric vehicles from that era.
1891 Morrison (120 yrs. old)
Made by William Morrison in 1891, some say the Morrison was the first electric vehicle in America. It had a four horsepower engine , and could carry 6-12 passengers. Top speed was about 20 mph. The batteries needed to be recharged every 50 miles. It has been said the car was actually completed in 1887 and was driven in a Des Moines parade in 1888. If that is true, the Morrison was first built 124 years ago, and it was built in America, where today they are almost no electric cars on the roads.
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