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The Midlands

Brendan Walker uncovers the story of Thomas Parker and of the 21st-century innovators putting the Midlands at the heart of a revolution in eco-friendly transport.

Well over a century ago, a forgotten inventor was using an electric car to commute to his offices in Wolverhampton, a true pioneer of eco transport. Brendan Walker uncovers the story of Thomas Parker and of the 21st century innovators putting the Midlands at the heart of a revolution in eco-friendly transport.

30 minutes

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Fri 23 Jun 2017 19:30

The electric car driven by a Victorian inventor

The electric car driven by a Victorian inventor

A century before the term eco-friendly became popular, one man was commuting to work in an electric car.

Thomas Parker, who was born in Ironbridge, Shropshire, designed and built an electric car in Wolverhampton in 1884.

The Victorian pioneer even designed a steam-powered generator to recharge it.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Brendan Walker
Director Paul Barnett

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  • Fri 23 Jun 2017 19:30

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