I just learned electric cars in the early 1900s could not compete with the cheaper gas powered Model Ts..?
How would our environment today be different if electric cars won out over the gas cars over 100 years ago?
- AnonymousLv 74 years ago
Electric cars back in the day were expensive vehicles only the rich could afford and this is still true to some extent today. Cheap cars like the Model T Ford brought the automobile to the masses. The oil industry would still be around as it started out by turning crude oil into kerosene which was used as fuel for lamps. They were dumping gasoline from the refining process into rivers until they found a use for it in cars. There are so many uses for oil like synthetic fibers and materials that would have gone on regardless.
- DeMoNsLaYeR575Lv 74 years ago
not in the slightest
electricity production/motors were VERY inefficient back then. plus they required MASSIVE heavy batteries which limited the usefulness to almost nothing (they could only take one person about 2-10 miles)
even today the range of electric cars are the biggest downside.... if they had a 400-1000 mile range (between charges) like how most liquid fuel based cars are they would be EVERYWHERE.
sadly they can MAYBE go 150 miles with a 8 - 20 hour charge after....
- LouisLv 74 years ago
It's hard to say because pretty much all electricity until recently was generated by gasoline of coal so it might not have made a huge difference. Although electric are to use energy a lot more efficiently than gas engines. Most likel it would have delayed the problem by a few decades
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- Phil MLv 74 years ago
There would be a lot less traffic because all the cars would be home re-charging.
- JetDocLv 74 years ago
It Didn't happen, so there's no sense in worrying about it.