The meme image below is interesting but it doesn’t tell the whole story. The first electric cars started to be build in 1832 according to the gov timeline.
Thomas Edison started working on it in 1901. The first hybrid car was a Porsche in 1901. The Model T became a force in 1908. Electric vehicles lost popularity in the 1930’s then emerged again as the crappiest vehicles in history in the 1970’s
Elon Musk and Tesla made them cool again.
I did my master’s thesis in engineering on a control system for an electric car, very long ago.+-