The idea for this article arose after a question by a Seymour College student, at the first Sustainable Seymour workshop, asked if existing cars could converted to electricity, rather than purchasing new ones.
Many people would be surprised to hear that electric cars have been around for a very long time. The first production electric car was designed in London by Thomas Parker and built in 1884. A fleet of electric powered taxis was in operation in the city by the end of the century.
They became quite popular in the early part of the 20th century. They were to easy start, drive and provided a smooth, clean and quiet ride.