Electric vehicles (EV) were actually conceived in 19th century, before the invention of the combustion engine. However, with limited battery technology electricity did not become the means to power cars. Today we are seeing more and more EVs on the roads. Battery technologies are fast improving and becoming more practical as with the rise of oil prices.
New technology student Þuríður Björg Guðnadóttir wrote a paper titled Electric Vehicles where she looks at EVs from the early beginnings to the current status. In particular the paper examines why the EV did not take off until recently.
An interesting part of the paper is a survey on people’s views on EV. It turns out that 61% have considered buying an EV and 73% would pay more for EV than regular car.
Paper: Electric Vehicles