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Honda Motor Co's electric Micro Commuter Concept city vehicle in an image released by Honda.

Honda Motor Co's electric Micro Commuter Concept city vehicle in an image released by Honda.

Electric cars were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

However, the development of internal combustion engine technology and mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles affected the usage of electric drive vehicles.

 

The Concept One electric supercar from manufacturer Rimac Automobili is pictured in Zagreb.

The Concept One electric supercar from manufacturer Rimac Automobili is pictured in Zagreb.

The energy crises of the 1970s and ’80s revived people’s interest in electric cars, yet it did not get as popular as it is today.

 

A model poses inside a Denza electric car at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing.

A model poses inside a Denza electric car at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing.

Since the mid-2000s, electric cars have got a new lease of life due to advances in battery and power management technologies and concerns about increasingly volatile oil prices and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

A model poses next to a BMW electric i8 Concept car during a press preview day at the AMI Auto Show in Leipzig.

A model poses next to a BMW electric i8 Concept car during a press preview day at the AMI Auto Show in Leipzig.

As of September 2012, the world’s top-selling highway-capable all-electric cars are the Nissan Leaf, with more than 37,000 units sold worldwide, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with global sales of more than 15,000 vehicles, including more than 6,500 units rebadged as Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero and sold in the European market.

 

The rear end of an all-electric CODA EV is pictured during an event at the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles.

The rear end of an all-electric CODA EV is pictured during an event at the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles.

Electric cars have several benefits compared to conventional internal combustion engine automobiles, including a significant reduction of local air pollution, as they have no tailpipe, and therefore do not emit harmful tailpipe pollutants.

 

A woman displays a 333 volt single-cell battery in front of a Coda sedan at the sixth annual Alternative Transportation Expo and Conference (AltCar) in Santa Monica, California.

A woman displays a 333 volt single-cell battery in front of a Coda sedan at the sixth annual Alternative Transportation Expo and Conference (AltCar) in Santa Monica, California.

Electric cars are significantly more expensive than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles due to the additional cost of their lithium-ion battery pack.

 

Honda Motor Company President Takanobu

Honda Motor Company President Takanobu

Honda Motor Company President Takanobu Ito speaks next to the company’s electric Micro Commuter Concept city vehicle during a news conference at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo.

 

A Smart Forvision Electric Drive car

A Smart Forvision Electric Drive car

A Smart Forvision Electric Drive car by Mercedes-Benz is displayed the 9th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou.

 

Paris Autolib' electric car

Paris Autolib' electric car

The logo of the Paris Autolib’ electric car is painted on the road in Vaucresson, west of Paris.

 

Electric two-seat prototype vehicle

Electric two-seat prototype vehicle

The Project P.U.M.A., an electric two-seat prototype vehicle with two wheels drives up 18th Street in New York.

 

The Aptera 2e electric vehicle is driven in Carlsbad, California.

The Aptera 2e electric vehicle is driven in Carlsbad, California.

 

A Paris Autolib' electric car is parked near the Eiffel tower during a presentation ride in Paris.

A Paris Autolib' electric car is parked near the Eiffel tower during a presentation ride in Paris.

 

A F-City electric car constructed by FAM Automobiles in eastern France.

A F-City electric car constructed by FAM Automobiles in eastern France.

 

An electric car connected to a charge spot in central London.

An electric car connected to a charge spot in central London.

 

An employee walks past the Friendly prototype electric vehicle in the Heuliez plant in Cerizay, western France,REUTERS

An employee walks past the Friendly prototype electric vehicle in the Heuliez plant in Cerizay, western France,REUTERS

 

The Nautilus E-30 electric truck is seen at the port of Los Angeles.

The Nautilus E-30 electric truck is seen at the port of Los Angeles.

 

People test drive the Tesla Motors Model X electric vehicle at its unveiling at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California.

People test drive the Tesla Motors Model X electric vehicle at its unveiling at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California.

 

The new-generation Revai electric car is seen near the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi.

The new-generation Revai electric car is seen near the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi.

 

Nissan's Leaf all-electric vehicle

Nissan's Leaf all-electric vehicle

Nissan Motors Co Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga demonstrates how to recharge Nissan’s Leaf all-electric vehicle during a news conference in Yokohama.

 

Prius Plug-In Hybrid car and electric

Prius Plug-In Hybrid car and electric

A Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid car and electric outlet at the 2010 North American International Auto Show during press days in Detroit.

 

The Chevrolet Volt electric car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Chevrolet Volt electric car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

 

"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan.

"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan.

 

A Mindset Six50 electric prototype car in Berlin.

A Mindset Six50 electric prototype car in Berlin.

 

The interior of the Aptera 2e electric vehicle is seen outside the company's assembly facilities in Vista, California.

The interior of the Aptera 2e electric vehicle is seen outside the company's assembly facilities in Vista, California.

 

A Tesla Model S electric vehicle in Hawthorn, California.

A Tesla Model S electric vehicle in Hawthorn, California.

 

The Brabus Electric Drive Smart at the 79th Geneva Car Show.

The Brabus Electric Drive Smart at the 79th Geneva Car Show.

 

The Myers Motors NmG all electric car is test driven during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Myers Motors NmG all electric car is test driven during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

 

The all-electric concept car 'My Car' produced

The all-electric concept car 'My Car' produced

The all-electric concept car ‘My Car’ produced by the Newteon Company at the EVER Monaco 2009, a trade show dedicated to Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, in Monte Carlo.

 

The US Army's neighbourhood electric vehicles (NEV) on display at Ft. Myer, Virginia.

The US Army's neighbourhood electric vehicles (NEV) on display at Ft. Myer, Virginia.

 

A US specification electric hybrid Camry is seen in a 2008 photo.

A US specification electric hybrid Camry is seen in a 2008 photo.

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