Electric cars have surged in numbers and popularity in recent years, but their significance goes back far further than that. In fact, the electric cars of today like the Tesla Model 3 and VW ID4 can find their earliest ancestors at the dawn of the car industry.
Depending on who you ask, electricity actually precedes some of the earliest combustion-powered production cars.
As early as 1884, the English inventor Thomas Parker was building prototype versions for an all-electric road car of his own design – around a year before Karl Benz completed work on what would end up becoming his petrol-engined Patent Motorwagen.
In the years to come, plenty more pure-electric cars would arrive on the scene – ranging from more compact offerings like the 1888 Flocken Elektrowagen two-seater horseless…