Electric Car Viability

The vast majority of individuals hold the false belief that electric cars are a modern invention, a fad brought on by increased awareness of the negative environmental impact of the use of fossil fuels. In fact, the use of electric cars predates that of those using an internal combustion engine by almost two decades. In 1884, the first electric car suitable for mass production was invented by Thomas Parker. It took nearly ten years after this invention for the first commercially viable electric cars to begin production in the United States. For several decades, the electric car proved superior to its gasoline using counterparts, providing consumers with an unmatched level of comfort and reliability. By approximately 1912, advancements in the development of internal combustion engines made gasoline using vehicles become more popular than electric cars. For the better part of one hundred years after this, electric cars were incredibly rare in the United States, with almost none being produced by manufacturers. Then in 2008, Tesla Motors sparked a renaissance in the electric car industry with their Roadster, proving to the world that electric cars (when manufactured and marketed appropriately) are a financially sound alternative to cars powered by an internal combustion engine. For almost an entire century, it was considered common knowledge that the use of electric cars was simply not economically viable for manufacturers and consumers. Although Tesla and their competitors have since proven that to be false, this assumption is still the prevailing view of the average individual …