Electric cars are all the rage, or at least they're trying to be. We've got the Nissan Leaf, the Renault Fluence, and even the lust-worthy Tesla, but did you know the first electric taxi actually cropped up in London back in 1897, looking like a weird carriage without the horse.
The Science Museum has just opened a new exhibition featuring the first Bersy taxi -- a fully-fledged electric car for hire from before the turn of the century. The thing did 9mph as standard, but would just about manage 12mph with a few tweaks here and there. At their peak there were 75 of the marvels flying around the streets of London with a 30-mile range each.
115 years on and range is still an issue, even if we have managed to get 10 times that of the old Bersy. I don't know about you, but I'd love for my next cab ride to be in one of these beauties, but I guess a poxy Prius is the closest I'm going to get.
The Climate Changing Stories exhibition, which features the ancient electric machine, opens today for a year with free admission.