Electric Motors: The Idea and the Industry. A Retrospective of Individual and Collective innovation.
In 2015 we find ourselves at an exciting moment for electric motors. Electric cars are being developed and distributed at more dramatic a pace than ever before, finally showing signs of perhaps fulfilling their long promised potential, in the Formula E championship electric motors are used to power high speed races that are held and watched around the world by excited spectators and here at Whisper Electric we find ourselves busier than ever, developing and delivering the best electric motor service in the United Kingdom, Europe and perhaps even the world. At such at time, with the future brighter than ever and the present seemingly the most exciting its ever been, the past may seem somewhat irrelevant, but here at whisper electric we find ourselves reflecting a little, thinking about the long journey that has lead to this point, the heroic men and women who have sculpted that journey, who struggled and slaved, who worked tirelessly even when the tasks seemed thankless, who gave everything to an idea even when it seemed it might give nothing back, who believed even when the idea of bringing about a different way of doing things seemed unbelievable. For that is what the electric motor represents: a different way of doing things. It represents a new way, it represents change, and it represents progress. As in all of life though, change doesn’t come without struggle, and progress, whilst for the best, often leaves some behind, especially those who profit from the ways things are. This minority, a minority who reap the rewards of a system that hurts the many, always hold back progress, and so it has been with the electric motor. This is a shame, but this is the way it has always been.
William Sturgeon, Alessandro Volta and Hans Christian Oersted. Inventors of the electromagnet, the battery and the generation of a magnetic field from electric current respectively.
This shame however only makes the pride and the determination of those who have worked on the electric motor all the more impressive, and the position the idea and the industry finds itself now all the more worthy of praise. Also, it makes the path we have trod worth going back over once more, for we must pay respect to, and learn from, those who have trod this road before us, so that we can hold ourselves to a standard that this idea, and this industry, deserves. In this series we will be doing this, we will be tracing the story of the the struggle and the sacrifices, the persecution and the perseverance, the turbulence and the triumph, the great journey of electric motors both as an idea and as an industry. We do this because of this moment of time, because of the hope and the expectation is now at its highest, and a new generation of people will be entering a booming industry and a world where electric motors are going to become more and more common place. We do this now to celebrate, renovate and recognise those who got us here, those to whom we owe so much. That is the purpose of this series. We will be bringing you part 1 soon, and we hope your as excited about it as we are!