One of my favorite moments in car history is when the electric car was created. And contrary to what you may think you know, the first electric car was created over 150 years ago. Well before the gasoline powered car, the Model T, was invented by Henry Ford. I know, your mind can’t comprehend what I’ve just told you. And while this bit of knowledge may have thrown you for a loop, it’s completely true. I mean it must be, I found it on the internet.
Thomas Davenport, is known to have built the first “practical” electrical motor for vehicles, way back in 1835. Over the years after Davenports creation, many inventors and engineers worked to improve the electric motor, but by the 1920s the electric car could not compete with gasoline powered automotives because of their lack of horsepower, the availability of gasoline, and the short distances between charges that an electric car could travel.
Here we are almost 100 years later, and it seems that consumers still have those same hang ups. You can’t blame them either. We’ve been accustomed to relying on oil to not only power our automobiles, but also heat our homes. And based on experience, it’s been a pretty reliable routine we’ve grown accustomed to. Gas stations are all over the world, and even in the most remote parts of town, you’re sure to find a gas station if you search hard enough.
As we all know, times are changing. And that change has affected everything around us, with a more recent focus on environmentally friendly cheaper options. Not only are consumers looking into carpooling and HOV lanes, to help reduce their carbon footprint, consumers are also looking at their own vehicles. The first car that I can think of that ran on something other than JUST gas was the Toyota Prius. The introduction of the Prius was pretty major for the simple fact that it was the first mass produced Hybrid vehicle produced worldwide in 2000. Fast forward almost 20 years since the Prius’ first introduction in Japan, in 1997, there are a lot more options for not only hybrid vehicles, but also electric vehicles. Almost every car manufacturer out there has at least 1 electric vehicle on their production belt.
Creating electric vehicles was only a small part of the hesitation to switch from a combustion engine to one with zero emissions. How would the vehicles get charged. I’ll have to admit that when I first heard of electric vehicles, I imagined long orange extension cords running from inside your house to the car. It didn’t seem practical to me. I know, I was ignorant to the whole EV charging stations. But I know for certain that I wasn’t the only one who had those same running thoughts.
Now with resources of information literally at my fingertips, I can see how truly wrong I was. Companies like Electrify America, are pushing for electric vehicle adoption by creating an expansive network of ultrafast charging stations across the country. Because nothing is worse than getting to your destination and not having enough “juice” to get home. Wayne Killen, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America, shared that his company is investing $2B in creating access, education and programs centered around electric vehicles.
The push to create more efficient electric vehicles is a song sung by many automakers. And they are climbing over each other to increase mileage (aiming for 300 miles per full charge), and add traditional features seen is traditional automobiles.
EZ EV, based in the Washington, DC metro area is working to create an educated consumer. We know most people fear the unknown, and EZ EV’s mission is to debunk the myths associated with owning an electric vehicle. They provide guidance and act as a personal concierge for those considering electric vehicles.
Have you considered purchasing an electric vehicle? What hesitations do you have about getting one. Read a recent post I wrote about my electric car experience.