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1905, charging a car.
Some also say it was the invention of the starter motor, which made the ICE easier to start than hand cranking, especially for women.

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And there was me thinking that Nikola Tesla killed the electric car by encouraging adoption of AC mains power which required expensive power conversion to charge DC batteries, whereas Thomas Edison favoured the then established DC mains system from which DC batteries could be charged cheaply and easily.

Or as has been said you could take the view that the adoption of electric starters on ICEs killed the EV, as people now had ICE cars that were both easier to start and capable of longer distances without extended periods charging, whereas the EVs were just easy to start.

Finally Clara Ford (Henry Ford's wife) drove an EV http://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/11/henry-fords-wife-wouldnt-drive-model-t-kept-electric-car/ which would have provided some incentive for him to make one.
 

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Price was a big factor too. By 1923 a brand new Model T started well under $300. The electric starter was a $69 option.

Don't forget about the Model A.

When the A came out at the end of 1927, prices started at $500. Top speed in the A was over 60mph.
 

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I find it hard to imagine the efficiency with which we killed each other in the wars of the last century or for that matter do today without the earnest development of the internal combustion engine.
 

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I find it hard to imagine the efficiency with which we killed each other in the wars of the last century or for that matter do today without the earnest development of the internal combustion engine.
Horses and steam engines pulled most of the supplies to trenches dug by human hands in The Great War. The artillery that pounded opposing trenches, and the machine guns that mowed down soldiers as they went 'over the top' we're not powered by internal combustion engines, and neither were the gas grenades.
Warships were powered by steam engines whose stokers fed their boilers with endless supplies of coal.
Internal combustion engines have been used for both good and bad purposes, but man is quite capable of demonstrating his inhumanity with or without them.
 
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