In 1821, the year Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of Saint Helena, English physicist Michael Faraday published his findings on electromagnetic rotation and laid the foundation for the electric motor. His contemporaries quickly realized the potential of this invention. But it was the development of the lead-acid battery by Frenchman Gaston Planté that made it possible to build a self-propelled vehicle, or automobile, without an external power supply.
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