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Porsche shows off a gas-electric hybrid design from 1900

The name Porsche has been associated with pioneering automotive engineering innovations since the beginning of the last century. In 1900 Prof. Ferdinand Porsche unveiled his Lohner Porsche, an electric car with wheel-hub motors driving the front wheels. Soon after, this car featured all-wheel drive and four-wheel brakes, another world first. A highlight of his early years as an automotive designer was the Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus that went down in history 111 years ago as the first functional hybrid car.

Porsche’s Semper Vivus (Always Alive) recreation is a tribute to Prof. Porsche’s visionary invention. The fully functional Semper Vivus replica, based on original drawings and exhaustive research, is a collaborative effort between Porsche Engineering and Karosseriebau Drescher, a coachbuilding company based in Hinterzarten in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. This faithful replica, whose visionary design impresses to this very day, is on display at the New York Auto Show.

The history of this vehicle can be found at: International Business Times

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Comment by Tome Wilson on April 26, 2011 at 12:06pm
I'm not sure what kind of standards were around back then, but I've seen ads in the 1940s and 1950s with gas-powered cars listed as getting 50 - 60 MPG.  Granted, this might be advertising bullshit, but if it was true, then what happened?  That's better than some modern fiberglass hybrids and those cars were built like tanks.
Comment by Larry on April 26, 2011 at 11:29am
Can you imagine how much better the environment would be if we had continued to build on the hybrid design as Porsche? How advance it would be now?

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