Car inventors and builders have been designing and making battery-powered cars longer than they have been making cars with internal combustion engines.
How much earlier were they building electric-powered cars?
How about over fifty-nine years (1839 vs. 1898) earlier?
So, is it any surprise that the engineering and technology sought to marry the power capable with an internal combustion engine and the eco-friendly capabilities of battery and electric-powered engine have been key objectives since the beginning?
Enter an automotive genius – Austrian-born, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in 1898. At age 23, he built his first car – the Lohner Electric Chaise – a 100% electric car. This first auto was also the first front-wheel drive car ever made.
Soon after, Porsche built a second car – using hybrid technology. Groundbreaking in all respects, this car used an internal combustion engine to churn a generator that powered electric motors located in the hubs of the wheels.