Although we may think of the electric car as being a modern invention, it actually flourished in the 19th century. For a considerable period, electric cars were more popular than the internal combustion engine equivalent; they were quieter, vibrated less, produced no exhaust fumes, did not require tricky gear changes, and didn’t require a hand crank to start the engine.
The gradual shift away from electric cars began when road infrastructure improved, making the limited range of an electric car more noticeable. Inventions such as the electric starter and the muffler also helped the gasoline car to gain ground. The final nail in the coffin of the electric car’s popularity occurred when Henry Ford developed a method for the mass product of gasoline-powered vehicles that greatly reduced their price, and thus increased their commercial viability.