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The Electric Revolution Documentary

Hightlights of the 48 minute show include:

How electricity transformed the world from the home to the car.

The land speed record in 1899 was set by an electric car 106/km hour named “La Jamais Contente” (the never content).

In 1905 EV’s which were quiet, provided smooth power, were non-polluting and vastly superior to their competitors which were either powered by steam or early ICEs. Internal combustion engine cars at the time required cranking to start, and because they had no exhaust or muffler systems were considered noisy and not very good neighbors nor a very civilized way to travel.

By 1912 a 1/3 of all cars sold in the USA were EVs even though they only had a 30-40 mile range.

Funny it was the technical advance of being able to make electric motors smaller that created the first hybrids so to speak, which took the EV out of favor and gave the ICE an advantage. The new smaller electric motors were used to crank and start the car. At the same time Henry Fold created a new means of mass production with his Model T, which lowered the costs to where the common man could afford one.

Battery technology did not progress as fast as oil production so EVs became relatively more expensive. Though the true external costs associated with reliance on finite energy resource that was environmentally and health unfriendly related to the ICE were never factored in by governments or society.

Cheap oil remained the state of affairs in the USA for generations until
shortages in the 70′s caused middle east oil embargo. Caused General Electric and other companies to invest in creating alternative electric car transportation, which had been neglected for over 50 years.

In the 1970s even with no breakthroughs in battery technology small EVs could be used for urban transport with a 40 mile range as witnessed by the Robert G Beaumont’s Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar selling 2500 of the EVs.


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