As early as 1900 majority of the cars on our roads were using electric technology. In what appeared to a battle of current, Nicola Tesla’s AC electric system had overcame Edison’s DC electric current. But in a meeting which is recorded to have taken play around 1886, Henry Ford had informed Edison of the progress he was making in developing gasoline combustion engine. Edison seemed to support idea as one that would make America attain energy sufficiency. In 1908 Henry Ford began the mass production of the gasoline powered Model T which has become infamous due to the effects of polluting the environment.
This was contrary to what many had believed that American cars would be powered by the newly discovered electric power. However they did not realize that Ford Motor Company was a subsidiary of Rockefeller Standard Oil Co. Immediately other manufacturers saw the profits that Ford was making, they abandoned the production of electric cars and took to gasoline powered cars. The care had been revived several times especially during oil crisis and as an effort to free America from dependency on foreign oil (Kilkenny, 2006). In 1998, California Air Resource Board passed that any car company that wanted to sell car had to ensure that 2 percent of the vehicles sold had to be emission free which as later expected to rise to 10 percent by 2003. Since California is one of the large market all the motor companies started producing electric cars which saw production of about 5,000 cars but by 2005 behind the scene factors led to the destruction of about 4,000 good electric cars.