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Course Description

 You might be surprised to learn that Elon Musk and Tesla did NOT invent the electric car! More than one hundred years ago electric vehicles EV  were the most popular automobiles in the world! In the late nineteenth century and at the start of the twentieth century, they outsold every other type of car including steam or internal combustion engine ICE  powered vehicles. And yet, within a couple of decades of the start of the twentieth century, thousands of battery-powered cars disappeared from the streets, replaced by the internal combustion engine, and their place in the history of the automobile was quietly erased. Join me as we explore the economic, political, and societal forces that caused electric vehicles to fail in the early 1900s as well as the recent comeback of the electric car and the current challenges that it faces. 

Course Outline

 You might be surprised to learn that Elon Musk and Tesla did NOT invent the electric car! More than one hundred years ago electric vehicles EV  were the most popular automobiles in the world! In the late nineteenth century and at the start of the twentieth century, they outsold every other type of car including steam or internal combustion engine ICE  powered vehicles. And yet, within a couple of decades of the start of the twentieth century, thousands of battery-powered cars disappeared from the streets, replaced by the internal combustion engine, and their place in the history of the automobile was quietly erased. Join me as we explore the economic, political, and societal forces that caused electric vehicles to fail in the early 1900s as well as the recent comeback of the electric car and the current challenges that it faces. 

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Section Title
A History of the Electric Vehicle
Type
Class Meets Offsite
Days
W
Time
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Oct 12, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Friendship Village
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $39.00
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