Electric cars are the form of transport of the future, but there is nothing new about electric vehicles. Take this milk float for example. The main difference between them Back in the 1950s and the electric cars of today can be traced to the batteries employed. Then they were lead acid cells that did not pack the power of modern lithium batteries, but they were perfectly adequate for delivering milk – much better than internal combustion engines. Electric milk floats did not reach high speeds nor did they accelerate very fast, but they were very economical to run. The batteries could be recharged when the day’s milk had been delivered.


Electric transport is much older than that though.  Nearly 200 years ago a Hungarian invented an electric motor that he used to power a model carriage. A decade later the Scotsman Robert Anderson used primitive batteries to…

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