After the electric starter for combustion cars was created in 1912, interest in early 20th-century electric cars began to decline.

Traditional ICE cars were more appealing thanks to invention, which put an end to the hazardous and laborious process of crank starting.

Before, few houses and tiny towns had reliable electricity.

As an early example of a generator, creator J.B. Merriam constructed a gas-powered "charging plant" as one example.

In order to charge an EV, a generator might be put in a homeowner's garage; these were offered by Baker Electric Cars as official accessories.

An early attempt at public charging was the General Electric "Electrant," or "electricity hydrant," as another illustration.

Under-street direct-current (DC) wires supplied power to the electricity hydrant.

Due to conflicting plug designs, more than half of the displayed automobiles could not be charged using street direct current.