Who Invented the Electric Bicycle Car?


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The earliest patent for an electric bicycle was issued in 1895 by Ogden Bolton, Jr. His patent included a hub motor mounted in the rear wheel. Two years later, Hosea W. Libbey invented an electric bicycle with two motors. Numerous modifications have occurred to the electric bicycle car.

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In 1898, Mathew J. Steffens introduced an electric bicycle operated by a belt. This belt drive system led to concepts involving friction drive. In 1899, John Schnepf invented an electric bicycle that utilized a pulley that rested on the rear wheel. By 1946, Jesse D. Tucker issued a patent for a motor with internal gearing. This revolutionary concept introduced the ability to use the bicycle pedals in conjunction with or without the electric motor.

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