The history of the electric car is not a recent development or invention. Prior to World War II, there were nearly 300 electric car manufacturers in the U.S. By the mid-1920’s most of these car companies had gone out of business with the advent of cheap convenient fossil fuels to power the large heavy cars of that time period. During the 1970’s the oil crisis brought a revived interest in electric vehicles; however, manufacturing was not able to produce a fast, attractive EV with functional driving ranges. In addition, the cost to replace the battery pack was prohibitive.
TFOT has covered several stories on the development of electric vehicles, including the Tesla Roadster, a sports car capable of going from 0 to 60 in just fewer than 4 seconds, or the Shelby which can reach 60 mph in an amazing 2.5 seconds. Additional stories covering electric and hybrid cars include the Twill, a personal 2-wheel car and the Chevrolet Volt, which has an anticipated production and release planned for 2010.