Electric Vehicles Then and Now
In the last 10 years the electric vehicle (EV) industry has seemingly exploded. Companies all over the world have started pouring billions into research and development, but the first electrically powered cars didn’t just spring into existence during the 21st century. You might be surprised to know that EV’s have been around longer than vehicles with internal combustion engines. Electric vehicles were quite popular at first, but they eventually lost out to fossil fuel powered engines because of poor driving range and lackluster marketing efforts. But since the 1990s, electric vehicle popularity has come surging back due to improved “green” technology, efficient charging infrastructure, government subsidies and growing concern over global warming and C02 emissions. Creation of international accords like the “Paris Climate Agreement” have shifted the focus from engines to batteries. Here, we take a closer look at the history of electric vehicles and e-mobility.