Thursday, June 4, 2009

World's first electric car built

Parker claimed he had invented the electric car as early as 1884, and he also had a hand in refining car batteries for petrol-powered models.

He also stood unsuccessfully for Parliament for the Liberal Party in the 1892 General Election, where he earned the name of "honest Tom Parker", and was interested in establishing a metric system of weights and measures and even decimal coinage.

He died in December 1915.

The photographs of the electric car are kept by his great-grandson Graham Parker, a 76-year-old former BBC Look East weatherman.

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