Semper Vivus – Porsche made the first hybrid?

Porsche hybrid lives again!

It’s a cool looking car with those big electric motors on the front wheels . . . “Always Alive” in the translation of its name. Built in 1900 by Ferdinand Porsche, the car utilizes a small petrol engine to generate power the the electric motor driven front wheels. There’s a Porsche video here.

I’m a fan from childhood since my father worked for Porsche and raced the on the SCCA circuit. But there is something slightly incongruous about the maker of fast sports cars having this vehicle in the family line. My dream job would be to have been involved in the reproduction process. There is a lot of information about the Semper Vivus and even a driving impression online since the unveiling eariler this year.

Porsche Press Release.

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