Ever since the debut of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen in 1885, virtually no other invention has changed the fabric of human society like the car. Facilitating transportation to the masses that allowed for freedom that had never been experienced before, the automobile is surely one of the most significant milestones in human development.
Contrary to popular option however, many of the world’s earliest cars were in fact not powered by the Karl Benz’ internal combustion engine but rather by electricity, a power source incredibly well suited to urban transportation as it required little maintenance, easy of operation and provided a refined ride. However, the earliest electric models were primitive by contemporary standards and as the United States and Europe began to model their national infrastructures around a new source of energy, the electric car gradually faded into obscurity.
Today, almost a hundred years after the first electrics roamed our cities, the era of technological expansion and climate change has led to a resurgence. Today, electric cars have long ranges, lower prices than ever before and offer unique driving characteristics that make them highly desirable compared to many internal combustion engine powered vehicles. Thus, in this edition of torquedaily, we’ve compiled articles on all the latest and greatest electric vehicles that are either currently on sale, or will be arriving in the next few years, that promise to disrupt the automotive landscape in a manner that hasn’t occurred in over a century.