The First Electric Car Was A Model-D Made By Anderson In 1907
These days, old-school car people are up in arms about the idea that we may have to move away from fossil fuels and make a shift to electric vehicles. This concept isn't even new, as the first electric vehicle that was ever made wasn't a matter of years ago, but over 100. That's right, the first ever electric vehicle was made in Detroit by the Anderson Motor Company and was a Model-D.
The Anderson company built 13,000 electric cars between 1907 and 1939. The Detroit Electric was sold primarily to drivers and doctors who wanted reliable, immediate starting, without the laborious manual crank starting that was required with early internal combustion engine cars. A subtle sign of this car's design refinement was the first use of curved window glass in a production car, a feature that was expensive and complex to manufacture.
The car seen below is a restored Detroit Electric car driving out of the Edison Tech Center and down the street. This one was owned by electrical engineer Charles P. Steinmetz at General Electric. This particular car can be seen at Union College: