The claim – electric cars were used 100 years ago, then technology disappeared
Electric cars are on the rise. According to research company Canals, international sales of electric vehicles In the first half of 2021, it increased by 160% in the first half of 2021.
According to a June Bloomberg report, sales of electric vehicles will surpass that of gasoline peers by 2036, largely due to consumer demand from China and Europe.
Some social media users have described the rise of these green power cars as a resurgence of technology that has long been lost in history.
A.D. Read a shared graphic of the October 6 Facebook post showing the black and white images of electric cars, painted in charcoal back in 1917.
“How did we lose this technology to re-invent 100 years later?” Requires a graphic.
Similar posts on Instagram, including one by Brazilian racer Lucas de Gracie, suggest that the black-and-white image dates back to 1907 rather than 1917.
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According to the social media awareness tool CrowdTangle, the post received more than 300 interactions on Facebook last week. Related Instagram posts have been stored in thousands of interactions since March.
It is true that the Facebook post has the image since 1917 and shows the first electric vehicles. But with the advent of the first electric car in the 1890’s, gasoline-powered cars were no longer available in the market.
The United States today contacted Facebook and Instagram users for comment.
The image shows battery-powered trucks in London
According to Getty Images, on July 11, 1917, the picture was taken in London.
The vehicles are not cars, but trucks – or American English trucks – owned by Midland Railway Company. They were refueling at the St. Pankras warehouse.
The exact fuel was not disclosed in the caption, but a spokesman for the British National Railway Museum, Jasmine Rogers, confirmed to AS today.
For the first two decades of the 20th century, electric vehicles were the norm. The trucks in the photo are charging from the main power, but the batteries were also popular, ”she wrote in an email.
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The captions do not describe the accuracy of the trucks, but since then, considering images of other Midland trains, Rodger said, “they were made by Edison, Lansden and General Vehicle Company (part of General Electric).” ). ”
The term Edison collectors is depicted on the left side of a truck.
“I think these electric vehicles probably had a top speed of about 25 miles / hour,” Rogers said. Today, like Amazon, they are used to deliver and collect in London.
Electric cars are in the late 19th century
The first specimens for the first electric vehicles were built in the 1830s.The German engineer Karl Benz invented the patent 50 years ago and built the gasoline patent engine in 1886.
These earlier models of electric cars used more non-rechargeable batteries, so there was more design evidence than safe transportation. A.D. The arrival of the first rechargeable lead-acid battery by French physician Gaston Planton in 1859 led to the first successful electric vehicle built by Ivan chemist William Morrison at the 1888 City Parade and the 1893 Chicago World Cup.
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A.D. By 1904, about a third of motor vehicles in New York, Chicago, and Boston were everywhere. In 2014, the book “Nature, Choice, and Social Power”
Electric car technology has not disappeared, but it has lost its consumer market
A.D. The discovery of crude oil in Texas in 1901, and the Model T, powered by Ford Motor Company, greatly reduced the noise of the electric car.
“Because of the way Ford built cars, he designed a way to make everything else out of water,” Shunberger told USA Today in an email. “It bought 96% of the market for cheap and decent cars. He designed the model T around with a gasoline engine. Anyone who is not rich and wants a car has bought a Model T, with a gas engine.
Low cost and relative access to fuel Choosing cars that run on gasoline was a straightforward choice for many Americans, many of whom — especially in rural areas — were not connected to the grid and had no way to charge an electric car.
In fact, the choice they made was not between electric and internal combustion engines, between car and car. They were looking for the car, ”said Schönberger.
Over the next few decades, electric cars have not disappeared from American motor roads. But the technology of making electric cars has not really been lost or favored, says Shunberger. Electric cars have easily lost their market share.
For one thing, she said that there were too many women using electric cars. At the beginning of the 20th century, these battery-powered vehicles were considered cleaner and much harder to start compared to a petrol engine. Therefore, electric cars are marketed as a suitable and suitable female car. But with the increase in the number of petrol cars, women were able to make only a small number of drivers and buy less power.
Other issues related to the changing times. Batteries are not energy efficient compared to liquid fuel, which provides more power per unit volume. And as roads widened and cars gave their owners the freedom to travel long distances, electric vehicles lacked the speed and range to travel the required distance.
During World War I, gas prices and the availability of fuel brought electric vehicles to the forefront in a short period of time, according to cars and drivers. But after World War II and years later, petrol-powered vehicles continued to thrive, although electric cars continued to use and continue to grow to some extent, the first of a series of general motors such as Henny Kilowat in 1959 and 1964.
Fuel Crisis and Lithium-Ion Battery Development
In the 1970’s, the United States became increasingly concerned about improving electric car technology during the oil crisis. A.D. In 1976, Congress passed the Electricity and Mixed Vehicle Research, Development, and Display Act for the Support of Gas Alternative Vehicles, and it became law after it was opposed by President Gerald Ford.
Three major automakers: the Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors – have converted some of their petrol engines, such as the Ford Ranger Peak or General Motor, into two petrol-powered vehicles called the EV1.
But hybrid cars like the 1990 Tuyota Prus, and a short-lived rechargeable lithium-ion battery did not come commercially until the 1990s. Originally marketed by Sony in 1991, it was used in electric cars with the 2008 Tesla Roadster.
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Over the next decade, declining lithium-ion batteries will pave the way for many other car manufacturers to develop their own electric cars and reduce consumer costs, CNBC reported.
Our standard – partially false
Based on our research, electric cars were used 100 years ago, and then we guess the technology is gone. The fact is that the image dates back to 1917 and shows electric trucks, but it is wrong to say that the technology is off or has recently been restarted. Electric cars became conceptual in the late 19th century and became popular in the early 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the discovery of gasoline and the Ford Mint model business in the car market, which made gasoline cars relatively cheap. While electric cars are still in use and growing to some extent, the 1970’s oil crisis, coupled with the invention of lithium-ion batteries, revived electric vehicles and ultimately sparked current demand.
Our Verification Sources:
- Canalis, Aug. 30, International Electric Vehicle Supply Limits Increase by 160% in H1 2021
- Bloomberg, June 22, saw electric vehicles reach higher sales in 2033 than expected.
- Joe Hedwig Tweissis, October 11, Twitter exchange with the United States today
- Getty Images, July 11, 1917, Loris in London, July 11, 1917, refueling at St. Pankras warehouse.
- Jasmine Rogers by Simon Bailey, October 11, email exchange with the United States today
- Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History, October 10, 1917 Motor, Sea and Air Red Book – Electric Vehicles
- According to the BBC, on February 23, the battery was invented 120 years before it began
- CNN, July 18, 2019, electric cars before the American Civil War
- Daimler arrived on October 10, 1885-1186. The first car
- Journal of Energy Sources, July 15, 2010, Inventing a Gaston Plant and Lead-Acid Battery – The First Practical Rechargeable Battery
- “Nature, Choice and Social Power,” August 21, 2014, Chapter 4 Henry Ford Car
- Erika Shunberger, October 15, Email exchange with the United States today
- Eligible, May 25, 2016, the guest, the secret history of the electric car and why it disappeared
- Quartz, July 1, 2018, Early-1900s EVs were marketed to women because gas cars were so complex.
- The Guardian, August 3, the story of the lost electric car – and the future of transportation
- Car and Driver, March 15, 2018, Watt – A brief history of electric cars, up to 1830
- Renol Group, December 19, 2014, Henny Kilowat – American Electric Dauphin
- General Motors Heritage Center, October 18, GM electric vehicles arrived
- Congress.gov, September 17, 1976, HR8800 – Electric Vehicle Research, Development and Display Act
- Idaho National Laboratory, October 18, History of Electric Cars
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- Energy.gov, September 14, 2017, How does a lithium-ion battery work?
- USA Today, May 31, 2016 Elon Musk tells the secret story of Tesla Motors
- CBC, December 30, 2019, How battery storage can change industries over the next 10 years
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