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Electric vehicles: From the 1800s to today

Don't let the minimalist design or ultralow emissions fool you. Electric vehicles may look every bit like cars of the future, but they've been around for years.


1800s

Earliest models
19th-century growth

1900s

EV early heyday
Petroleum powers up
No need to crank
Electric dinosaurs
Simmering interest
OPEC oil
California sparks resurgence
Hybrids come to market

2000s

New EVs and hybrids launch
Worldwide acceptance

Source: International Energy Agency, hybridCARS.com.

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