Who invented the electric car?

Published by on 07.12.2018 - 1 min

While the electric car is currently revolutionising the way we get around, this innovation is in fact quite old, dating back to the 19th century to be precise, a period that was teeming with scientific discoveries. As different technological developments came through, variants of the electric car were devised by a number of people. The first inventor to make a name for himself was Anyos Jedlik. In 1828, this Hungarian engineer invented the first motorised version.

But it was the American Thomas Davenport who, six years later, invented the first marketable electric engine. The following year, the Dutch professor Sibrandus Stratingh invented a small non-rechargeable electric car. It wasn’t until 1859, however, that the Frenchman Gaston Planté developed the first rechargeable battery.

Forty years later, the prototype developed by Belgian Camille Jenatzy, “La Jamais contente”, became the first car to cross the milestone of 100 km / h. And it was electric! The following century, Renault came to the forefront. The manufacturer took the lead as pioneer on the mass-produced car market. Proof lies in its Dauphine electric car project, which started in the late 1950s in the United States.