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Ayrton and Perry EVNeed further proof that electric vehicles have been around at least as long as those powered by internal-combustion engines? Look no further than Ayrton & Perry's Starley Tricycle.

A full five years before Karl Benz patented what many consider the first proper automobile, two British professors, William Ayrton and John Perry, crafted for themselves a fully electric vehicle capable of a sustained speed of over eight miles per hour with a range of about 25 miles.

Though even this three-wheeled machine wasn't the first to be powered by electricity, Ayrton and Perry's electric tricycle could actually be considered useful as transportation.

Not wanting such an impressive feat of old-time engineering to go unremembered, the museum AUTOVISION in Germany spent a full year tracking down blueprints and original examples of the Ayrton & Perry electric tricycle with the intent on building one from scratch.

The best part? The project was a resounding success, as you can clearly see in the video after the break. If you're good at reading German, you can see plenty more details right here at the AUTOVISION website.

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      now that's what I call "driver involvement" Makes a modern manual look about as challenging as a slushbox.
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      Loudest EV ever?
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      Recreating these vintage vehicles is always a rewarding task!
        Marco Polo
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        @LTW Yes, indeed! History, made alive again educates and enlightens. Hey, how about recreating the worlds first hydrogen powered automobile? (1807 )
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      Call us today, the Scooter Store can help you regain mobility at little or no cost at all.............
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      Looks like a electric wheelchair. I bet that is where that has been used too, if the person losing the capability to walk was a rich one.
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      This is why a modern ev should cost no more than $10k and is safe.
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      Actually, Professors Ayrton and Perry used a trike built by the Howe Machine Company of Glasgow. A&P first had their trike on the road in October 1882. Frenchman Gustave Trouvé first rode his electric trike on April 8, 1881. 90 minutes through the streets of Paris at speeds up to 12km/h. Trouvé converted the 1877 Starley-designed Coventry Lever trike.
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