Today, large automakers are actively announcing new electric vehicles, and individual countries are going to completely ban gasoline and diesel cars in 10-20 years. But? if you do not take into account Norway, then the real share of the market of electric cars against the background of classic models is still a few percent. Nevertheless? Once upon a time, every third car in the US was driven by electricity.
Recall that the first electric cars were created in the mid 1800’s, and already in 1900 they occupied the first place in the market share in the US with a result of 33,842 copies or 38% of the market. The funny thing is that, according to the US Department of Energy, in the first place, with a share of 40%, there were no gasoline cars but steam cars, whereas the models based on internal combustion engines occupied only the third place with a result of only 20%.
Interestingly, electric cars were especially appreciated by female drivers for the lack of noise and exhaust fumes, as well as an easier start procedure compared to the first gasoline vehicles. Electric cars of those years, among which models such as Detroit Electric, Frichtle Electric, Baker Electric, Babcock Electric, Milburn Electric and others could boast a power reserve of 100-160 km (quite like the popular in Ukraine used Nissan Leaf of the previous generation)
By the way, the aforementioned Detroit Electric, which currently produces only one model SP: 01 based on Lotus Elise worth 170-200 thousand euros, recently announced its intention to launch three new electric vehicles to the market until 2020.  Source: Cleantechnica