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Porsche Recreates History For Geneva

Posted in Classic, Cool Stuff, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrid, Porsche by Kurt Ernst | February 25th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

If you would have asked me to name the first serial hybrid from a major automobile manufacturer, I would have said the Chevy Volt. I would have been wrong, because Ferdinand Porsche created something called the Semper Vivus (Latin for “always alive”) back in 1900. Built for Austrian coachmaker Ludwig Lohner & Company, the Semper Vivus featured two combustion engine generators, powering two electric motors mounted in the front hubs. Onboard batteries supplied supplemental power, much the same way as today’s parallel hybrid cars do. To celebrate the re-emergence of hybrid technology, Porsche has re-created this pioneering automobile and will display it at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. Want to see it run? Check out the video after the jump.

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  1. Set says:

    Bet it doesn’t have regen braking.