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There is so much talk about electric vehicles right now that you would be forgiven for thinking that they are a recent phenomenon. In fact, however, they date back further than the light bulb. US blacksmith Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle back in 1835 and by 1900, electric vehicles accounted for a third of all vehicles on the road.1 In 1908, the fortunes of electric vehicles took a downturn, however, when Henry Ford introduced the Model T car, which made petrol-powered cars widely available and affordable.
Now, more than a century later, electric vehicles are enjoying a much-deserved revival, for various reasons. These include their environmental friendliness (they emit far fewer greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than conventional vehicles)2, cost-effectiveness and low maintenance requirements. In the UK, the explosion of interest in electric cars also owes much to government policy.
Our article discusses the options available for electric cars, how current barriers are being addressed and the benefits that making the switch can bring.
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