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The history of the electric vehicle: a long development process

The history of the electric vehicle: a long development process
The history of the electric car over the past century or more is like a succession of missed opportunities and aborted attempts. After having cradled the automotive industry in its early days at the end of the 19th century, it was very quickly pushed aside to make way for the thermic-engined vehicle. This latter was more efficient and made its presence felt throughout the 20th century, ...

The history of the electric car over the past century or more is like a succession of missed opportunities and aborted attempts.

After having cradled the automotive industry in its early days at the end of the 19th century, it was very quickly pushed aside to make way for the thermic-engined vehicle. This latter was more efficient and made its presence felt throughout the 20th century, participating in the automotive industry’s increased popularity. Although the electric car was pushed to the fringes of the market, its credibility has resurfaced at certain moments in history, such as during the war or the oil crises. It has bounced back every time with its various innovations and its promise of soft, sustainable mobility. No one forgets its intrinsic qualities: its simple technology, its silent running and its robustness.


Following a century of first steps, of progress and of missteps, it would seem that the electric car has reached adulthood. Today, it is going through an unprecedented revival. Ultimately, it has been proved right by the depletion of oil resources, by global warming, by new technologies and by changing attitudes. It’s the first time that such a degree of effort on the part of both manufacturers and public authorities, from all countries, has been made in order to give the electric car another chance. A new page of history is being written.

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