While we believe that electric cars are a modern-day invention, they actually date back to the early 1830s! While at this time they were not mass-produced, the technology still existed. They were mostly workshop vehicles, built for personal use and were very limited to range and speed. The lower cost of the combustion engine soon took charge and took the spotlight away from any potential of running cars from electricity for a long time.
It is only really since 2006 that electric vehicle sales have soared. This is due to the increase in reliability, range and advances in technology. Most leading car manufacturers now produce at least one electric-first vehicle and with every advancement, the price of electric cars is also coming down. Electric cars are forecast to reach price parity with petrol cars by 2025.