Then Along came the Model T and Spoiled it

We are getting excited about EVs [electric vehicles] and the prospect of massive growth in demand over the next few years together with their zreo emmissions benefit for the world.

Of course we all knew about the once ubiquitous milk floats with massive batteried low slung beneath the chassis that were is popular use around towns  during the 60s and 70s – and beyond.

And don’t forget electric buses – trams were powered by electricity from overhead cables.

And, of course, the first manned electric vehicle to drive on the Moon was the Lunar rover which was first deployed during the Apollo 15 mission

But how familiar are you with the very early electric cars from the mid 19 Century through to the turn of the 19th Century and why did they not survive?

Well as for survival, they were becoming popular in the early 20th Century as Henry Ford came along with his cheap Model T fueled by the sudden availability of cheap black fuel. The internal combustion engine was cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, would go a longer distance without refuelling and

The Milburn was travelling America’s roads at that time and, in other circumstances, may have been the forerunner of today’s motoring.

George Milburn was born in Alston, England (1820), from where he emigrated to Canada . . . in late September of 1914, the Milburn Wagon Company began the manufacture of their 1915 Milburn Light Electric automobiles … Milburn Electrics were among the most popular and elegant cars of the time … READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE

More here about early electric vehicles.