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Electric car

An electric car is an automobile that is propelled by one or more electric motors, using electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries. The first practical electric cars were produced in the 1880s. Electric cars were popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, until advances in internal combustion engines, electric starters in particular, and mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles led to a decline in the use of electric drive vehicles. In 1897, electric cars found their first commercial use in the USA. New York City taxis were electric, and they were manufactured by the Philadelphian Electric Carriage and Wagon company. During the 20th century, the main manufacturers of electric vehicles in the US were Anthony Electric, Baker, Columbia, Anderson, Edison, Riker, Milburn and others. Unlike gasoline-powered vehicles, the electric ones were quieter and did not require gear changes.

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Here's an excerpt from the book The Gasoline Automobile, by Ben G. Elliott and Earl L. Consoliver, which was published in 1922. It really shows how far electric cars have come in the past hundred years "The disadvantages are that it is not suitable for long drive, heavy loads, or hilly country. On one charge of the battery the average car will run from 100 to 150 miles, depending on the speed of the car and the conditions of the roads. If the car is run at high speed, the battery will not drive the car as far as it will when running at a moderate rate. This car is also limited to localities where there are ample facilities for charging the storage batteries." So basically the only change to electric cars from the 20's is that they now have air conditioning

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