Electric Car | Who Invented Electric Cars?
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Electric Car | Who Invented Electric Cars?

What country invented electric cars and which country uses them the most?

Electric taxicabs were the first electric cars, built by the Electric Carriage and Wagon Company of Philadelphia starting in 1896, and used on the streets of New York to deal with the “horse pollution” of the day. *The country with the most electric vehicles presently is probably the United States. There are several thousand hobbyist electric cars on the road in the US, joined in 2011 by several thousand Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts.*However, the lead in electric vehicles may not last long. China plans to invest over $15 billion in electric car infrastructure, and sales of the Leaf and Volt will target Europe in 2012, which is likely to be a prime market for electric vehicles – as gasoline is much more expensive in most countries outside of the US. Other electric vehicles in development at various car manufacturers have Europe and Asia as primary marketing targets.


Baker, in the US, and I don’t know.

Who invented the very first EV is uncertain and several inventors have been given credit. In 1828, Hungarian, nyos Jedlik invented a small-scale model car powered by an electric motor that he designed. Between 1832 and 1839 (the exact year is uncertain), Robert Anderson of Scotland invented a crude electric-powered carriage. In 1835, another small-scale electric car was designed by Professor Stratingh of Groningen, Holland, and built by his assistant Christopher Becker. In 1835, Thomas Davenport, a blacksmith from Brandon, Vermont, built a small-scale electric car. Davenport was also the inventor of the first of the first American-built DC electric motor.

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