1800 - 1950

1839
First crude electric carriage invented by Scottish inventor Robert Anderson

1891
First successful EV built in US by William Morrison

1893
EVs make a splash at famed Chicago World’s Fair

1897
Electric taxis hit the streets in New York City

1900
EVs represent 28% of all cars in the US

1951 - 1980

1966
Congress introduces bills recommending EVs to reduce air pollution

1966
According to Gallup poll, 33 million Americans are interested in EVs

1970
Federal Clean Car Incentive Program introduced

1973
OPEC oil embargo causes oil prices to spike, long lines at gas pump, and interest in EVs

1975
350 electric delivery jeeps put to work at the US Postal Service

1976
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act

1981 - 2000

1989
GM taps AV to co-develop the first modern EV, the precursor to the EV-1

1990
California passes Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate

1996
GM delivers EV1 to its first customers

1997
Toyota Prius hybrid EV launches in Japan

2001 - 2011

2005
A123 announces lithium ion battery system based on materials licensed from MIT

2005
Ford selects AV for enterprise-wide fast charge initiative for industrial EVs

2007
AV demonstrates 80% state of charge in 10 minutes with Altairnano battery

2008
Tesla Motors introduces first production electric Roadster

2008
US federal government offers tax incentive for EV charging infrastructure

2009
GM launches Global Battery Test Lab to further the advancement of EVs

2009
$2B+ in EV-related American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds released

2009
President Obama pledges 1mm EVs on the road by 2015

2010
Nissan announces affordable price and charging scheme for all-electric Nissan LEAF
 

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Timeline: The Evolution of EVs

 

Victories and milestones for the electric vehicle throughout history

From electric carriages in the 1800s to high-tech electric cars of the 21st century, electric vehicles have and continue to play an important role in transportation.

 
1800 - 1950

Did you know in the early days of the auto industry nearly 30% of all cars in the US were electric?  Discover our EV Timeline and learn more about the evolution of EVs throughout history.

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1951 - 1980

Environmental concerns, rising fuel prices, and gas shortages not only caused economic turmoil, it caused people to rethink their dependence on oil.

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1981 - 2000

An electric car is born.  It reaches highway speeds and travels up to a 100 miles on a single charge.  And it can spark a revolution. 

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2001 - 2011

Hybrid vehicles are commonplace.  And several auto companies will launch plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles in the next few years.  The EV revolution is here.

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