(CNN) -- True or False: In the 1890's electric cars out sold gasoline powered versions ten to one.
The answer is: True
In 1834 Thomas Davenport invented the battery electric car, but it wasn't until the late 1890's that electric vehicles were commercially available, with the first car dealerships in the U.S. exclusively for EVs. At that point electric vehicles out sold gasoline powered cars by ten to one. Some automobile companies, like Oldsmobile and Studebaker began as successful EV companies, only later changing to gasoline-powered vehicles.
(Source: Electric Auto Association)
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