Electric cars aren't new. When the internal combustion engine was in its infancy and, like an infant, was only capable of crapping out, the most reliable horseless carriages were powered by electric motors. As gas prices fell and the internal combustion engine became more reliable, electric cars were cast aside with the rest of the old timey garbage.
Here's an infographic with a full history of the electric car, from the 19th Century EVs you've never heard of, to the future concepts you might be driving next year.
(via Dark Roasted Blend)