Going Green: A Brief History Of Electric Vehicles

Today in the UK, you don’t have to look far to spot an electric vehicle. According to the latest vehicle statistics, there are an estimated 660,000 electric cars on the road in the UK. From delivery businesses and buses to taxis and family cars, they’re everywhere.

Brief History Of Electric Vehicles

As green vehicles slowly become the norm, it can be easy to assume that these inventions are exclusively modern marvels. However, this is far from the case. Though petrol engines dominated our roads for decades, EVs were being developed on the sidelines.

Here at StarkEV, we’ve put together a brief guide to the history of electric vehicles.

Read on to find out more.

Early Alternatives

As mentioned above, the concept of an electric car is not a new idea. In fact, the first production electric vehicle was built in 1884 by an English inventor by the name of Thomas Parker. Shortly after, in 1888, German engineer Andreas Flocken built the first real electric car.

Mid-20th Century Electric Vehicles

Interestingly, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison began working on a low-cost electric car together in 1914, however, Ford’s popular Model T car dominated the market and, owing to its availability and affordability, overshadowed the electric vehicle market.

During the 1960s and 70s however, as the price of petrol rocketed, businesses and engineers began to explore the option of electric vehicles again. Milk floats were among the many commercial vehicles that turned electric.

The First Electric Tesla

Fast forward to 2008, and Tesla released the first road-legal serial production electric vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells. The ‘Roadster’, as it was named, was able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge, revolutionising the electric vehicle market forever.

Modern Electric Vehicles

Today, 15 years after Tesla’s Roadster was made available and 135 years since Flocken’s model, it’s clear that electric vehicles are here to stay. As technology advances and infrastructure adapts, it is no longer an inconvenience to charge or repair all-electric cars and owners are able to reap a number of financial benefits, including tax deductions, clean air zone access and low running/charging costs.

StarkEV: Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions

Here at StarkEV, we’re proud to facilitate the use of electric vehicles up and down the country. If you’re looking to install EV charging systems at your home or business, we’re here to help. As OZEV-approved installers on the Workplace Charging Scheme, we can help you to save up to £350.00 on the installation of charging points.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements, we’ll be happy to help!