Electricity Through the Ages. Harnessing the power of electricity didn’t come about because of any one person. It took hundreds of years to become what it is today. We may not think about electricity much because it’s a simple necessity that has been around since before any of us were born. Who coined the term “electricity?” When did the first electric car hit the road? What about elevators? We created an infographic to give you the run-down on electricity through the ages, prominent inventors, and innovations that have lead to an electricity grid that powers nations.