Evolution of the Electric Car

Timeline created by Nihaar Narayan
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    The timespan of the Electric Car

  • The First Electric Car

    The First Electric Car
    Scene Description: The first electric car ever made was made by Scottish inventor Robert Anderson. It was very undeveloped, and the first one used non-rechargeable batteries as its power, as rechargeable batteries were yet to be invented. The vehicle was lacking in practicality, so it wasn’t very successful, but it was very influential, for it presented the idea of powering a car by electricity instead of gasoline.
  • The First Electric Car Citations

    Lampton, C. (n.d.). Who Created the First Electric Car?
    HowStuffWorks. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/who-created-the-first-electric-
    car.htm
  • The First Rechargeable Electric Car

    The First Rechargeable Electric Car
    Scene Description: The first rechargeable electric car made was made by a Scottish immigrant named William Morrison. It ran on 24 rechargeable batteries, and could drive up to just 14 miles per hour, which was not bad for the time period. It was much more successful than Anderson’s electric car, but it had to be charged every 50 miles, so it wasn’t very practical.APA Citation:Lampton, C. (n.d.). Who Created the First Electric Car? HowStuffWorks. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from http://auto.how
  • The First Hybrid

    The First Hybrid
    Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of Porsche, constructed the world’s first hybrid car in 1898. It was constructed with the traditional internal combustion engine, but that engine was only a backup to the engine that ran on batteries. This was a very important discovery that lead to the electric car that is known today. It lead to the technology that was used to make cars like the Chevrolet Volt.
  • The First Hybrid Citations

    Neiger, C. (n.d.). Who designed and built the first hybrid car?
    HowStuffWorks. Retrieved October 2, 2012, from

    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/hybrid-
    technology/first-hybrid-car.htm
  • The Toyota Prius

    The Toyota Prius
    The Toyota Prius, first released in 1997, was the first mass produced hybrid car. It was released in Japan in 1997 and internationally in 2000. It took the hybrid in a different direction, for the gasoline engine was not a backup. The car would switch from the electric engine to the gasoline engine and back at different speeds to increase efficiency at those certain speeds. It was the first modern hybrid, and greatly influenced the make of modern electric cars and also hybrids.
  • The GM EV1

    The GM EV1
    Scene Description: The GM EV1 was the first mass produced electric car. The car had 139 horsepower. That was a respectable horsepower for a gasoline-powered car for that time period. For an electric car, that was great! Unfortunately, the battery did not last long, and it took a long time to charge. Although the car may have lacked in practicality, the EV1 was a very influential car and set the stage for the entrance for the modern electric car.
  • The GM EV1 Citations

    Wan, Mark. "GM EV1." General Motors EV1. 1997. Accessed
    October 3, 2012.
    http://www.autozine.org/Graveyard/html/GM/EV1.html.
  • The Toyota Prius Citations

    APA Citation:Timeline: History of the Electric Car. (n.d.). PBS.
    Retrieved October 2, 2012, from
    http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/223/electric-car-timeline.html
    Nice, K., & Layton, J. (n.d.). How Hybrid Cars Work.
    HowStuffWorks. Retrieved October 5, 2012, from
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hybrid-car6.htm
  • The Modern Electric Car-The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive

    The Modern Electric Car-The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive
    The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive is clearly as modern as it get. It is the most powerful electric car in the world, measuring a whopping 740 horsepower. To put that in perspective, that is just slightly slower than a NASCAR car, which would get about 750 or higher! It is also efficient, getting 155 miles before running out of charge. It also can be charged in a short time period of 3 hours with its 22 kW charger.
  • The Modern Electric Car-The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive (continued)

    The Modern Electric Car-The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive (continued)
    Its battery is made up of 864 individual batteries, a long way from the 24 batteries in Morrison’s car. The electric car has clearly come a long way.
  • The Modern Electric Car-The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive Citations

    Edelstein, S. (2012, September 28). Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
    Electric Drive: Mercedes-AMG’s most powerful car runs on
    batteries. Digital Trends. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/mercedes-benz-sls-amg
    -electric-drive/%20
    What makes NASCAR engines different from street car engines?
    (n.d.). HowStuffWorks. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question588.htm