[Oeva-list] Slash: Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

Alan Batie alan at batie.org
Thu Jan 30 15:58:06 PST 2014

 Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898
Posted by samzenpus on Thu Jan 30, '14 03:27 PM
from the 40-rods-to-the-hogshead dept.
cartechboy writes "We all talk about the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf
as if electric cars are brand-new. In fact, electric cars were around
long before you were alive, or your father, or maybe even your
grandfather. It turns out that the very first Porsche ever built was an
electric car--way back in 1898. It wasn't called a Porsche, but an
'Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model'--or P1 for short.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he was just 22 years old, it has a
rear electric drive unit producing all of 3 horsepower--and an overdrive
mode to boost that to a frightening 5 hp! It had an impressive range of
49 miles, not that much less than many of today's plug-in cars. Porsche
recently recovered the P1 from a warehouse--where it has supposedly sat
untouched since 1902--and plans to display it in original, unrestored
condition at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany."


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