A Brief History of the Hybrid Car

Long before Toyota and Honda introduced their gasoline-electric hybrids, Ferdinand Porsche developed one in 1899.

Published: 12-Nov-2007

Demand for a car that would be economical to run and one that would not pollute the atmosphere has resulted in the development of the Hybrid car. Vast strides made in the recent past in gasoline engine technology, has made the Hybrid car a popular reality.

A Hybrid car is a vehicle that uses two power sources, a rechargeable energy storage system and a fueled power source. The Hybrid car uses less fuel and emits much less pollutants.

It was in 1899 that Ferdinand Porsche developed the first working Hybrid electric vehicle followed by a number of others who innovated on the original invention. While some form or the other of the Hybrid vehicle has been in continuous production, no major manufacturer of automobiles took it up for bulk production and marketing, till late in the twentieth century. The technology was used primarily for use in diesel-electric submarines during that period.

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