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From Edison to Milk Floats

•, by Paul McGoldrick

There is a great tendency to regard electric vehicles as a relatively new idea, and we are reminded by the 2006 Sony documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (with Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, and Mel Gibson) that when electric vehicles appeared in California in 1996, it was General Motors who took them off the road and shredded them. The present batch of vehicles from the mainstream manufacturers – plus the like of Tesla – are now the replacements for those dreadful corporate decisions that were made to protect the oil industry.

Those of us brought up in the 1960s in the UK will remember electric vehicles rather differently: as electric milk floats, replacing the milkman’s horse and cart.

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