The electric car. To some it’s the future, others the present with models like the BMW i3 and Jaguar I-Pace. But the electric car is also about the past, not least because many carmakers experimented with electric vehicles (EVs) decades ago, most confined these days to museums.

During that time the internal combustion engine (ICE) dominated, but today cities around the world are planning clean air zones, emissions related charging or a ban on diesel cars. For many it will ultimately mean switching to either a lower emission vehicle or an EV...

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