1916 Detroit Electric car
Tesla Electric Sports Car 2008
Tango v Tesla @ Infineon Nov 30th
In the early years of the 20th century there were hundreds of automobile companies and several means of propulsion, including gasoline, kerosine, diesel, electricity, and steam. The Stanly Steamer set the speed record of 127 mph in 1912 and was probably the most efficient concept. No transmission was necessary because it had maximum torque at all speeds. These were the days of free enterprise when anyone with an idea could build and patent his own concepts.
Many of these companies were a flash in the pan and virtually 90% of them were decimated by Ford and General Motors. To my knowledge, none of them were bailed out by government money. $30 billion bucks in those days could have bought off the Rothchilds.