Hybrid Car Pioneer, Victor Wouk Dies

Dr. Wouk's car, which he built with Dr. Charles L. Rosen, had a Mazda rotary engine half the size and power of the Skylark's standard V-8 and an electric motor used for starting and for extra power.

Published: 13-Jun-2005

Dr. Victor Wouk, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur who built one of the first hybrid cars, operating on both gasoline and electricity, died at his home in Manhattan on May 19. He was 86.

The cause was cancer, said his son Jordan.

Dr. Wouk's hybrid, a modified 1972 Buick Skylark, was built primarily in response to the growing concern over air pollution that led to the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, a law mandating a rapid 95 percent reduction in auto emissions.

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