It was the Ajax Motor Vehicle Company which was located in the city of New York that was credited with creating the first electric runabouts in the early parts of the 1900s in the United States. This was about the same time that a reference to an electric scooter was made in the early editions of the Popular Mechanics.
These two credits were among the firsts in electric scooter history. The early 1920’s saw Ransomes making and electric cycle. This was followed by the Applications Electro Mecaniques, which was a French company. It developed what it termed as Electrocyclette in the year 1927. But it was really more of a trike than a scooter since it has two wheels at the front and one at the back.
During the Second World War, much of the world experienced shortages in fuel. This was brought about by the large expenditure of the war. Hence, many people tried to remedy the situation by trying to invent an alternative to using gas for traveling. During this stage of the electric scooter history, Earle Williams who was an inventor, tried to convert a gas operated cycle to electric. His creation was named the ParCar and was developed by the Marketeer Company. The European came out with their own versions by manufacturing four hundred electric mopeds. A European business firm known as Socovel was responsible for this.
Many advances in electric scooter history were made during the sixties and the seventies. During these decades, a battery company called Union Carbide produced the alkali fuel cell which was intended for use in electric motor. Land speed records were also tried to be established using the electric version of the scooter. It was also during these times where mass produced and street legal electric machines were made. This was the first time in the history of electric scooter when the public saw a large number of the electric vehicles being used on the streets.