Pop Quiz: Electric Car; A Modern Star?
Answer: C) 28%
According to PBS, in 1900 1/3 of all cars in Boston, Chicago and New York were electric, as well as 28% of all cars produced in the U.S. In fact, in 1899 Thomas Edison, believing that electric cars were the way of the future, began a decade long mission to create a long-lasting, powerful battery for commercial automobiles. Ultimately, the ready availability of gasoline and the lack of long-range battery technology paved the way for the demise of the electric vehicle. However, for a while electric cars were exceptionally popular due to their quiet, exhaust-free ride. More recently, of course, with pollution, congestion and climate change, electric cars have been making a comeback. But it all started well over 100 years ago...