Early electric cars found a lucrative market for driving around cities. Rechargeable batteries did not exist until 1859, providing a viable means for storing electricity on a vehicle, with the invention of the lead-acid battery by French physicist Gaston Plante.
Possibly the first human-carrying electric vehicle with its own power source was tested on a street in Paris in April 1881 by French inventor Gustave Trouve.
In 1880 Trouwe improved the efficiency of a small electric motor developed by Siemens (from a design purchased from Johann Kravogl in 1867) and fitted it to an English James Starley tricycle, using a recently developed rechargeable battery, allowing The world's first electric vehicle was invented. Although it was successfully tested on 19 April 1881 along the Rue Valois in central Paris, he was unable to patent it.
English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrification of the London Underground, overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and smokeless fuel collet, built the first production electric car in Wolverhampton in 1884, although the only documented is a photograph from 1895. . ,
France and the United Kingdom were the first countries to support the widespread development of electric vehicles. German engineer Andreas Falken built the first real electric car in 1888.