If these newly discovered photos are confirmed, what you are seeing here is the first ever electric car, built in 1884 by British inventor Thomas Parker. 1884, people.
Parker also electrified the London Underground, built trams in Birmingham and Liverpool, and invented a smokeless fuel called coalite. But his car didn't catch on because of the success and convenience of cars based on the internal combustion engine, so he turned his interest to public electrical transportation instead. [Daily Mail]