modern vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Roadster to the EV era.

 Automobiles that run on batteries are nothing new. early in the 20th century.

On the roadways, there were more electric vehicles than gasoline-powered ones.

 a ratio of about 2:1. The height of EV dominance was in 1912.

Compared to the electric vehicles on American roads, only 16,000 EVs were sold there in 2011.

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 an appealing option due to the risky and tiresome crank-starting process.

even before the majority of households and smaller towns had reliable electrical power, with a bewildering array of ways to charge them.