First Hybrid Car

It is well known that the Toyota Prius was the first mass produced hybrid car. It was introduced in Japan in 1997, and made its way to the United States in 2000. The Honda Insight actually made it to our shores first, in 1999.

But another hybrid pre-dated these cars by roughly 100 years, developed by a very famous name in the automobile industry, making it the first-ever car with a gas and electric engine.

Way back in 1900, Ferdinand Porsche (yes, that Porsche) was working for the Lohner Coach Factory when he developed a car called the Mixte.

The Mixte used a gas engine that powered a generator, which in turn powered electric hub motors. There was a small battery pack as a backup.

The car could travel nearly 40 miles on battery power alone. Ironically, that's about how far today's electric cars can travel before the batteries need recharging.

The car was presented at the Paris Auto Show in 1901.

The Mixte had a top speed of around 30 mph, and broke several Austrian speed records in its time.

Several more hybrid cars followed, but no one could really perfect the technology until Toyota did with the Prius.

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