Saturday 18th May
9am – 5pm
Ace Cafe London celebrates electric motive power from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 18th May 2023, hosting the cafes annual Electric Vehicle Owners Meet.
Dating from 1827 when Hungarian priest Ányos Jedlik built the first viable electric motor, which used a stator, rotor, and commutator, the next year he used it to power a small car and, at the Stanley Cycle Show in 1896 in London, England, bicycle manufacturer Humber exhibited an electric tandem bicycle. Powered by a bank of storage batteries, the motor was placed in front of the rear wheel. Speed control was by a resistance placed across the handlebars. This electric bicycle was mainly intended for racetrack use.
In 1897, electric cars first found commercial use as taxis in Britain and in the United States. In London, Walter Bersey‘s electric cabs were the first self-propelled vehicles for hire at a time when cabs were horse-drawn.
Electricity was among the preferred methods for automobile propulsion in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, providing a level of comfort and an ease of operation that could not be achieved by the petrol-driven cars of the time. The electric vehicle fleet peaked at approximately 30,000 vehicles at the turn of the 20th century – To include with such as the iconic British milk float, for most of the 20th century, the UK was the world’s largest user of electric road vehicles!
Measured in kilowatts (kW), electric motors can deliver their maximum torque over a wide RPM range and this means that the performance of a vehicle with a 100 kW electric motor exceeds that of a vehicle with a 100 kW internal combustion engine, which can only deliver its maximum torque within a limited range of engine speed.
The 4 types of electric vehicles are:
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) BEVs are also known as All-Electric Vehicles (AEV)
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): HEVs are also known as series hybrid or parallel hybrid
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle(FCEV)
EV riders/drivers may wish to note that there is a Charge Point at the Ace