Electric cars were invented in the 1890s, and by 1900 accounted for nearly 40 percent of American autos. This 1909 poster portrays battery-powered carriages as more prestigious than their prevailing competetors: horses and gas-powered vehicles. | Photo by Peter Newark American Pictures/Bridgeman Art Library
"History is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently!
—Charles Dudley Warner