Green Car Reports has an article and video on the world’s first electric car, created in 1881 by English scientists William Ayrton and John Perry.

The vehicle, based on Ayrton & Perry’s Starley tricycle has now been recreated down to the smallest detail by German museum AUTOVISION. The staff there have produced an exact replica and set about recreating the electric motor and batteries to match the original specifications. The original range of the three-wheel car was around 25 miles with a top speed of 8.7 mph.

Below is a YouTube video of the vehicle in action.

The auto museum is located in Altlußheim, a small town in Baden-Württemberg in the southwest part of the country.  You can read more about the museum here.

 

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2 Comments on German Museum Recreates First Ever Electric Car

  1. Judy says:

    I just hope whoever writes these keeps wrintig more!

  2. Elroy Jetson says:

    In the spirit of vintage non-gasoline powered vehicles, the “world’s oldest running motor car”, an 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a Dos Steam Runabout was sold by RM Auctions at Hershey, PA, October 7, 2011, for $4,620,000 US. The car has changed hands only 5 times since new and was named La Marquise after Count de Dion’s mother. This veteran automobile has extensive provenance: it ran in the first known automobile race in 1887, achieving 36mph on the straights; ran 4 London to Brighton vintage runs; and won awards at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Bidding started at $500K, went immediately to $1M and continued to more than double pre-auction estimates setting a new high for an early veteran automobile. Think of the gasoline money the new owner will save!