Future of Mobility – Columbia

Queen Alexandra in the Columbia Electric
Queen Alexandra in the Columbia Electric

Columbia Electric, 1901 USA

Electric cars have been growing in popularity in recent years, and are often thought of as a modern and innovate solution to cutting emissions. But did you know that they’re not actually a new idea?

Electric vehicles date back to the 1880s, just like today they were clean, quiet and easy to drive. By 1897 a fleet of 77 electric taxis were in operation on the streets of London. Only two years later they were removed from use due to regular breakdowns, heavy batteries and slow speed. As petrol and diesel technologies developed in the 20th Century, the electric car faded from popularity until recently.

By the end of 2020, over 50 options of pure-electric cars were available on the market across British showrooms. With that number only set to grow, have you turned to electric cars yet?

  • Could you charge your electric car from home?
  • How would you charge your car if you lived in a flat?
  • How would you like to see cars fuelled in the future?
Bersey Electric cab 1897
Bersey Electric cab, 1897

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