Certainly, the battery electric vehicle (commonly known as the BEV) has captured the interest of a great many people. However, the concept is not necessarily new. I suspect that you would be surprised to know that the first electric vehicle with its own power source (i.e., a battery) was tested along a Paris street in April 1881 by French inventor Gustave Trouvé. This first iteration of an electric vehicle was a tricycle with a rechargeable lead-acid battery and an efficient electric motor.
A few years later, the first electric car in the United States was developed by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa. It was a six-passenger wagon that could reach a top speed of 14 miles per hour.