Ten-Year-Old Tells Compelling History of Electric Cars

By · February 17, 2012

Allison Ringold, Historian

The young historian Allison Ringold in action.

Allison Ringold, a 10-year-old student in Michigan, has created a website to tell the compelling history of the electric vehicle.

Allison is competing in the 2012 National History Day Contest. In response to this year's theme—Revolution, Reaction, and Reform—she created a history of the electric car, publishing a remarkable website entitled, "What Was Old is New Again," as her submission.

Allison's mother, Vicki Ellingrod, wants electric vehicle fans to check out here daughter's work—comment on its content and design. Allison represents the future generation of electric car owners, and will spend her entire life as a driver in a world that includes EVs as an option. But this generation needs to be encouraged and supported. I'm guessing that, if you leave a comment, Allison will respond.

“Electricity is the thing. There is no whirring and grinding gears with their numerous levers to confuse. There is not that almost terrifying uncertain throb and whirr of the powerful combustion engine. There is no water-circulating system to get out of order- no dangerous and evil-smelling gasoline and no noise.”

Thomas Edison, as quoted by Allison Ringold

Each year, more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest, choosing a historical topic related to the annual theme. Students conduct primary and secondary research before compiling and presenting the information in one of five ways: as a research paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website. The 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will be held June 10 - 14. Contest winners receive monetary awards of up to $1,000 and medals in each category. Three cheers for Allison.

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