#TBT: The resurgence of electric cars

When the electric car was the future back in 1894. #tbt

Haven’t seen this before? It’s been on the road since 1942.

For cities, electric traction certainly owes its advantage to its cleanliness and practicality, since all items, all household appliances, are now electric. The beginnings of the electric car coincide with those of automotive history. The first one was the Jeantaud in 1894. There were also special designs, like Grand Duke Nicholas’, then utilitarian vehicles, and driving schools for Parisian taxi drivers among others.

Why did the production of electric cars start to decrease and lack popularity in the 20th century? There were several reasons, but it is believed that the main one was that it wasn’t manly enough. The owner of a car in 1900 is the same kind who, today, has a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini. A car was something manly, something to get around in and impress people with. An electric car was silent, it was calm, while a gasoline-powered car made noise, smelled bad and the “male” had to start it with a crank.

For the time being, each of us is familiar with these long lines of cars that are too long, too empty, inappropriate for city traffic. And yet, without being too unrealistic, we can hope that, the electric car will soon provide a solution to all this. Manufactured on a large scale, it could become the ideal second car.


01/30/2020 3:25 PM


  • Timothy I.
    01/22/2021 23:06

    They didn’t like them then either.

  • Oty K.
    01/15/2021 15:31

    Saka bo som

  • Zach F.
    01/15/2021 06:55

    if only we'd developed an engine that ran on STEAM! wouldn't THAT be something to harness?!

  • Sandy B.
    01/15/2021 00:53


  • Edith S.
    01/14/2021 13:50

    I remember my grandmother talking about it, as a political choice. She was born in 1905 and had learned to drive around the war years, but she didn't take her driving licence and never had a car. She was impressed by my brother who could name all the cars in the street. Definitely a male game, then. But now women are very much attached to the independence their car gives them

  • Mel F.
    01/14/2021 08:41

    this reminds me of Peter Sellars car

  • Darren L.
    06/26/2020 09:24

    Fantastic video

  • Paul M.
    06/11/2020 09:17

    very nice, but where does the electricity come from ? Coal !!!!

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  • Anne M.
    06/06/2020 17:39

    My grandpa, who was born in 1919, told us about how he used to drive an electric car when he was younger.

  • Kyle W.
    06/06/2020 12:16

    Wow.....imagine if we’d have pursued this technology and developed it. We really are living in the darkest timeline

  • Henkie W.
    06/05/2020 11:30


  • Liza L.
    06/05/2020 08:14

    And even after 40 years we still drive the old fuel powered cars, kinda disappointing

  • Robert J.
    06/05/2020 07:47

    like the man said = '' for the cities ''

  • Rob P.
    06/04/2020 20:32

    Imagine what life would be like if the same amount of time and money had been spent on electric power as has been spent on the internal combustion can but dream 🤔

  • Wendy R.
    06/04/2020 19:23

    One of my teachers had one of these when I was at school-she used to give2 others a lift in it, squashed in the back, they seemed to fold around the shape of the car !!😂

  • Eric L.
    06/04/2020 16:27

    J achète...... 🤧

  • Kimeshni M.
    06/04/2020 16:13

    Warwick Theunis

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