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It happened on November 27th: Thomas Davenport invents electric motor

An American blacksmith from Vermont, Thomas Davenport, invented the first DC electric motor for industrial use on November 27th, 1834.

He received a patent in February 1837 with his wife Emily and his colleague Orange Smalley. However, due to the high cost of batteries at the time, Davenport's creation did not enjoy the commercial success it deserved.

We probably could say the same thing about today's battery-powered electric cars...

Sources: 1 Jour and Wikipedia