Electric vehicles have come a long way since market attempts in the late 1990s, which included the Toyota RAV 4 EV and Chrysler TEVan. Spurred on by Tesla’s success beginning around 2004, the newest generation of electric vehicles combines innovation and time-tested technology to deliver zero-emissions vehicles with enhanced power, range and safety.
The challenge issued to producers of internal combustion engine, or ICE, cars has not gone unanswered, with major vehicle manufacturers stepping up and delivering their own improvements and even new generations of popular, if exceptionally rare, early EV models. The tech created from this new EV arms race gives vehicle owners a wealth of options if they’re looking to build their own electric vehicles or pick from an ever-increasing selection of zero-emission options.
Early electric vehicles rarely cranked out the horsepower. The TEVan had a maximum output of 65 hp, and the first-generation RAV 4 EV…
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