When did cars start having electric fuel pumps?

My friend recently bought a used, older car and was talking about how he’s going to need to replace the mechanical fuel pump with an electric one. When did cars start having electric fuel pumps?

Allison Stone · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
That’s a good question. If you end up buying an older model car with a carbureted engine, you’ll probably find a mechanical fuel pump. Because mechanical fuel pumps were prone to leaking and breaking, electric fuel pumps rose to popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.
Electric fuel pumps also allowed for more flexibility when designing the car, as they could be placed almost anywhere. Older style mechanical pumps also tend to be noisier, but some vintage automotive enthusiasts prefer them over electric ones.
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