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The History of Electric Vehicles

Being that we are all about increasing awareness of the electric vehicle, and helping people gain access to choosing them through an easy, affordable subscription in cities around the world, we wanted to share the story of the history of the electric vehicle with you!

Electric vehicles initially showed up during the nineteenth century. An electric car used to hold the land speed record till 1900. However, the high cost and low maximum velocity contrasted with twentieth-century gas-powered motor vehicles, which were cheaper and faster. This difference prompted an overall decrease in their utilization as private engine vehicles.

The interest in electric vehicles has expanded towards the start of the 21st century because of the movement towards more eco-friendly power sources and the eco-revolution in the fuel and transportation industry.

The development of the first model electric scooter is credited to different people. In 1828, the Hungarian minister and physicist Anyos Jedlik imagined an early electric engine and made a little electric scooter controlled by his new engine. From 1832 and 1839, Scottish innovator Robert Anderson also concocted an unrefined electric bike. Finally, in 1835, Professor Sibrandus Stratingh of Groningen, the Netherlands, and his associate Christopher Becker from Germany likewise made a limited-scale electric vehicle (Resembling an electric scooter) controlled by non-battery-powered primary cells.

The early history of electric scooters/bikes is pretty messy. On 19 September 1895, a patent application for an "electrical bike." was filed by Ogden Bolton Jr. On 8 November of that same year, one more patent application for an "electric bike" was recorded by Hosea W. Libbey.

At the Stanley Cycle Show in 1896 in London, England, bike manufacturer Humber displayed a two-person electric bike. Controlled by a bank of capacity batteries, the engine was put before the back tire. Speed control put across the handlebars. This electric bike was designed and mainly used for racetracks.

The October 1911 issue of Popular Mechanics referenced the presence of an electric cruiser. It professed to have a range of 75 miles (121 km) to 100 miles (160 km) per charge.

During World War II, constrained by fuel proportioning in the United States, Merle Williams of Long Beach, California, designed a two-wheeled electric bike towing a solitary wheeled trailer. Because of the prominence of the vehicle, Williams began making all the more such vehicles in his garage. In 1946, it prompted the arrangement of the Marketeer Company (current-day ParCar Corp.)

In 1967, Karl Kordesch, working for Union Carbide, made a power device/Nickel-cadmium battery mixture electric bike. It was subsequently supplanted with a hydrazine power device, providing a range of 200 miles (320 km) per gallon and a maximum velocity of 25 mph (40 km/h).

In 1974, Auranthic Corp., a little manufacturer in California, created a little bike called the Charger. It had a 30 mph (48 km/h) and 50 miles (80 km) range on a full charge.

In 1988, Ed Rannberg, who established Eyeball Engineering, tried his electric drag cruiser in Bonneville. It could finish a quarter-mile (0.25 miles (400 m) in 11-12 seconds.

Today, China is the leading manufacturer of electric bikes. It represents almost 92% of the market around the world. In 2009 alone, they manufactured 22.2 million units.

The popularity of electric cars and scooters stems from their eco-friendly approach to travel, and the current eco-revolution that the transportation industry is undergoing is here to stay.

Now available in China, Indonesia, the UK and soon Europe, MUTE hopes to help you be a part of the electric {r}evolution! #goElectric!

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