Did you know the invention of hybrid and electric cars goes back more than a century? That is completely true, we have been creating green vehicles since before 1899, the year when Camile Jenatzy developed the “La Jamais Contente” or “The Never Satisfied”, the world’s first electric vehicle to reach 100 kilometers per hour. However, if there’s a brand that completely changed the modern production of electric vehicles, that brand is Tesla Motors. The automaker made history when it launched its Roadster, an electric sports car that was (unfortunately) discontinued in late 2011. The lucky owners that bought one of these machines can drive for 350 kilometers on a single charge of its battery pack. Besides, the Roadster is fast: it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers in just 3.9 seconds.
The Roadster was developed with the help of Lotus, which provided the technology of the Lotus Elise’s basic chassis to inspire Tesla engineers to design a new chassis for their Roadster. The designers used an innovative material, carbon fiber, to build the car and reduce the overall weight of the machine. That made the Roadster one of the cheapest cars made entirely of carbon fiber at the time.
Nevertheless its importance, the sporty car from Tesla Motors is just a part of the electric vehicle history. That is why in our infographic you can find 12 amazing machines, from the most historic to the most recent ones, like the Rimac Concept One or the Detroit Electric SP:01. Actually, this last one has a curious story: this is the first car released by Detroit in 70 years and is currently the world’s fastest all-electric production vehicle. They took a lot of time, but they delivered something great! With a top speed of 155 miles per hour and a range of 179 miles on a single charge, the SP:01 will be a game changer.
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