In Pictures: 18 of the coolest, weirdest, and most important electric cars of all time

From the 19th century's first designs to the Tesla models we haven't even seen yet, here's the evolution of the electric car.

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A surprisingly long history

Though most people today consider the electric car to be a modern phenomenon, electric cars actually date all the way back to the 1800s. While some of the first electric car models were rather crude, both in appearance and in function, there was a period in the late 1800s and early 1900s when electric cars were ubiquitous.

Of course, everything changed once Henry Ford introduced the Model T, an event which would usher in the eventual downfall of the electric car. By 1935, the electric car era had all but died.

But thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla, electric cars have seen a resurgence. Here is a look back at electric cars, past, present and future.

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