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110-year-old electric cars sold at auction as collectors start to appreciate them

110-year-old electric cars sold at auction as collectors start to appreciate them

The history of electric cars dates back more than 100 years, almost to the dawn of the automobile. At the turn of the 20th century, electric cars were actually quite popular, and challenged those with internal-combustion engines for overall dominance of the industry. That was a battle that they... read more

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BMW E1

BMW i3 wasn't German maker's first innovative electric car

No question exists over whether the BMW i3 is a remarkable and innovative car. From its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell to its electric powertrain, not to mention... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
1896 Armstrong phaeton hybrid

Is this 1896 horseless carriage the world's very first hybrid car?

The Toyota Prius may have started the era of modern hybrid cars when it debuted in Japan in 1997, but it was far from the first hybrid vehicle. Ferdinand Porsche actually... read more March 18, 2016 by


 
1912 Baker electric car converted to solar power screencap

The Solar Powered Electric Car From Back In 1960 (Video)

Some electric cars use roof-mounted solar panels to provide supplementary electric power. In fact, a solar roof seems to have become an obligatory accessory on electric and... read more January 21, 2016 by


 
Urba Centurion

Urba Centurion: Building Your Own 128-MPG 1970s Diesel Sports Car

It's a wedge-shaped sports car from the late 1970s that once had a role in a popular science-fiction movie. But despite its futuristic styling, it never achieved much... read more July 15, 2015 by


 
1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011

Electric Car Drivers: Be Thankful You Didn't Recharge In 1900!

Charging an electric car today isn't necessarily quite as easy as pulling up to the gas pump in a gasoline or diesel model. Long charging times and sparse public charging... read more June 15, 2015 by


 
1975 Enfield E8000 ECC "Flux Capacitor," by Flickr user Mark Skinner (Used under CC License)

Tiny 40-Year-Old Electric Car Now As Fast As Tesla Roadster

The era of the modern electric car essentially began in December 2010 with the launch of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. But there were many electric cars before that... read more April 29, 2015 by


 
1976 Soviet hydrogen-gasoline minibus prototype (photo courtesy of LiveJournal user  doroshenko_us)

More Olympics Green Cars: Soviet Hydrogen-Gasoline Minibuses Of 1980

The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but it won't be the first hydrogen-powered vehicle to play a role in an Olympics... read more April 10, 2015 by


 
1977 Volkswagen Microbus

VW Bus Hybrid That Never Was: The Microbus Prototype Of 1977

There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point. While hybrid cars have only... read more March 27, 2015 by


 
1972 BMW 1602e

BMW Releases New Video On First Electric Car: 1972 BMW 1602e

Today's BMW i3 may be the first electric car available to the public in large quantities from the Bavarian brand, but it's certainly not BMW's first-ever electric vehicle... read more March 20, 2015 by


 
1906 Mercedes Mixte hybrid vehicle

Mercedes-Benz Touts Its Hybrid History From Way Back In 1906

Have you noticed how many automakers seem to have a hybrid or electric vehicle somewhere in their history files? If one were being cynical, you might think the long-forgotten... read more May 12, 2014 by


 
1898 'P1' electric car designed by Ferdinand Porsche

First-Ever Porsche Turns Out To Be An Electric Car

Here's a great piece of bar trivia: The first-ever Porsche was ... an electric car. While any ardent Porschephile knows that the first Porsche-branded vehicle was the 356... read more January 30, 2014 by


 
1959 Opel P1 experimental prototype gas-mileage record-holder

Opel P1 376-MPG Record-Holder Still For Sale, At $425,000

Do you rarely hear the words "green car" and "collectible" used in the same sentence? The owner of the one-and-only 1959 Opel P1 experimental prototype--which set a Guinness... read more December 15, 2013 by


 
1900 New England Electric vintage car

Electric Cars Are Fast: First-Ever U.S. Speeding Ticket

Speeding is big business. There's no money to be made from it as an individual of course, unless you subscribe to the theory "time is money". But the U.S. Census Bureau... read more April 20, 2013 by 4


 
1947 Nissan Tama EV (Image: Nissan)

Nissan Leaf's Great-Grandfather: The Tama EV

You might think high gasoline prices are a problem now, but at least it's relatively easy to get hold of. The same couldn't be said in Japan after the end of World War II... read more April 2, 2013 by 4


 
Woods Interurban electric and gasoline vintage car

Electric Or Gasoline? Vintage Woods Automobile Could Do Either, If Required

The turn of last century must have been a fascinating period to live in. Within the last quarter century or so, the car itself had been invented by Karl Benz. Virtually every... read more January 30, 2013 by 3


 

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