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Porsche's First Motorcar Was... Yes... Electric

Designed when Porsche was 22, the P1 was powered by a 5-hp electric motor and had a range up to 49 miles and top speed of 21 mph.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

Here's a great piece of bar trivia: The first-ever Porsche was ... an electric car.

While any ardent Porschephile knows that the first Porsche-branded vehicle was the 356 sports car of 1948, the first car designed by Ferdinand Porsche was actually the 1898 "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model," or the P1 for short.

The P1 was recently recovered from a warehouse where it had reportedly sat untouched since 1902. It will be displayed in original, unrestored condition at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

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