For those of you who will be n the Washington, DC area, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is exploring the history of the electric automobile by displaying historic EVs as part of its “America on the Move” exhibition that runs through January 2012. plugincars has photos of some of the century old cars on display and discusses their history as they competed with steam and gasoline until the latter finally won the battle.

In the early 20th century, Americans could choose electric, steam or gasoline-fueled vehicles. Most wealthy citizens bought electric vehicles because they were simple to operate. By the 1920s, gasoline-fueled automobiles rose to dominance, and the rest was history—that is, until a brief run of EVs in the 1990s. But in 2010, the mass-produced electric vehicle was reborn, opening up a bold new chapter in the history of electric cars.




















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