We tend to think of electric cars as being modern developments, but our roads were full of them more than 100 years ago in the form of street cars. In this awesome video, amateur historian Fred Quillin talks about the efficient street car system (powered by overhead electric wires) that used to get Grand Rapids, Mich., citizens around town and how the auto industry killed it off by buying it up and shutting it down — so that more people would buy their products. It's sad how backwards we can get when profit is involved.

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When streetcars ruled the streets of Grand Rapids
Our grandparents got around town in electric vehicles. What happened between then and now?