• Apr 28, 2011
1900 Porsche Semper Vivus hybrid – Click above to watch video after the jump

At a media preview event at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Porsche execs hopped into a copy of a 1900 Semper Vivus hybrid and piloted it across the stage, ending their three-second journey next to the automaker's 2012 Panamera S Hybrid.

The Semper Vivus, considered to be among the world's first hybrid vehicles, was originally built in 1900 by the now-legendary Ferdinand Porsche. Housed in the Porsche Museum, the recreated hybrid took a team of engineers and designers, working from nothing but old photos and sketches, three years to make. The Semper Vivus' twin DeDion Bouton 1.7-liter one-cylinder engines power generators that direct juice to the hybrid's dual in-wheel motors. Hit the jump to catch video of the Semper Vivus in action

[Source: YouTube, Green Car Reports]




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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny old car. doesn't change the fact that porsche is avoiding making plugins
        Edge
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I agree. I wish Porsche was taking charge here with such a wonderful legacy as that vehicle. They seem to be waiting for Tesla to create then market before they jump in. Don't forget though, Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, and they also are dragging their feet, or should I say, late to the party due to lack of investment over the years. They certainly should have been more forward looking, especially concerning the increasing price of oil.