Electric Cars At The United States

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Electric cars enjoyed a stint of success before their early demise at the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century. There is insufficient evidence on the activity of electric cars outside of the United States, so this section will center on what took place in the U.S. Electric Cars industry. In the U.S., electric vehicles were pervasive throughout the east coast, along with internal combustion and steam engines. Around 1900, 28% of cars in the United States were electric vehicles. It was marketed as a niche product and the primary target of such vehicles were females and professionals, specifically of upper class. Unlike the ICE, electric vehicles did not require a hand crank to power it. Early electric vehicles were massive, decorative carriages with luxurious interiors and expensive materials. These extra additives increased the cost of the vehicle from $1,000 ($28,000 today) to $3,000 ($84,000 today). There are two theories regarding the fall of electric vehicles, lack of innovation compared to the internal combustion engine and the bankruptcy of the Electric Vehicle Company. In the 19th and early 20th century electricity was not easily obtained within America’s infrastructure compared to gasoline. Electrical general facilities were not standardized. Some of the facilities produced direct current while other produced alternating current. Alternating current generators did not have a common frequency, and converting from alternating currency to

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