Unbeknownst to popular belief, electric cars are not anything new. In fact they have been around since 1881... one year after Thomas Edison unveiled the electric light bulb and five years before the introduction of the gas-powered car.
Germany's Autovision Museum recreated a fully-functional replica originally designed and created by English scientists, William Ayrton and John Perry. Because there are no surviving models in existence, they had to work off of historic illustrations.
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...their electric car had a small electric motor concealed beneath the wooden panel of the seat, which powered the huge front wheels via a fixed roller chain. Under the seating area was another panel that was home to the rechargeable power supply units. The vehicle also featured the scientists' own voltmeter and amp meter, and a debut outing for a speed-controlling battery-regulating switch. It had a range of 40 km (24.8 miles) and a top speed of 14 km/h (8.69 mph).watch a video demo of it in action below: