HISTORY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Recently we have seen a lot in the news about how global warming has hit a state of emergency, and we need to start making drastic changes to ensure the conditions improve. A significant cause of greenhouse gases is through car emissions, so this has lead to people finding new ways to run our cars that use less fossil fuels and emit fewer emissions.

First Electric vehicles

HOW IT BEGAN

It's hard to pinpoint the ecact date, location and person who invented the electric car, as many people around the world were working on electric vehicles technology as the same time.  However, it was in the late 1800's that electric vehicles were being used commercially and by regular people.

Surprisingly electric car technology came before other means of fuel such as gasoline.  

By 1900 electric cars were quite popular and accounted for around a third of all vehicles on the road.  This was mainly due to electric vehicles being quiet, easy to drive and the did't emit a smelly pollutant, which couldn't be said about the other fuels. 

However, gasoline vehicle manufacturers started mass producing cars, which meant that they were a lot cheaper than electric vehicles and so people began becoming more interested in gasoline models. The way people used cars also changed over time and as more people began driving and making longer journeys the technology of the electric cars they had then wasn't good enough. This led to the electric car technology being put on hold.

THE PRESENT DAY AND FUTURE

Now with fossil fuels running low, global warming becoming a crisis and the price of fuel significantly rising, it is more important than ever for us to consider using electric cars.

With this in mind recently more manufacturers have been looking into electric technology and have begun to start introducing hybrid,plug-in's as well as full-blown electric vehicles, that are just as good as petrol and diesel models.


DS Electric Concept Vehicle

In recent months, more and more car manufacturers have started stating that they are going to bring out more electric vehicles, with Citroen and DS pledging that by 2025 every car the company produces will either be fully electric or a plug-in hybrid. Hyundai and Kia are also looking to follow suit and produce more electric vehicles.


Electric Technology currently available from Tates

Electric Hyundai Ioniq
Electric Hyundai Kona
Kia Niro and e-Niro

Hyundai Ioniq

The winner of the What Car green car of the year award, the Hyundai Ioniq is the first car in the world to offer separate hybrid, full electric and plug in hybrid powertrains within one body type.

Hyundai Kona

Combining expansive space and head-turning good looks. With an exceptional electric driving range of up to 300 miles, the KONA Electric gives you the best of both worlds – with no compromises.

Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is a low admissions hybrid crossover which has hybrid and plug-in versions. There is now a full electric version called the e-Niro that can do 301 miles between charges.