Have you ever wondered how hybrid cars came about? We seem to be seeing them and hearing a lot about them in recent years, but are they really brand new?
You would be surprised to know that hybrid vehicles, a car that is powered by both gasoline and an electric engine dates all the way back to 1898. Yes, you read that correctly, the first hybrid automobile was created in the 1800s!
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was the first to construct a car made up of gasoline engine and electric powered motor. This car was successful and was able to drive up to 40 miles, which back then was a lot.
The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid - the first hybrid vehicle to ever exist
Not long after Porsche launched this vehicle, European automakers began creating their hybrid version of cars too. By 1905, Henry Ford was creating and mass-producing gasoline powered vehicles that were more affordable and thus but an end to the hybrid car revolution.
It wasn’t until 1970 when the auto supplier, TRW, was able to successfully create a hybrid vehicle to help meet the standards of the laws passed by Congress in 1965 to help reduce air pollution by promoting innovation of electric powered automobiles. Other automakers began to follow suit and launched their own hybrid vehicles.
In 1976, Toyota had their first prototype on the road and by 1997, they introduced the first Prius in Japan. In 1998, the first Prius went on sale in the US.
It is amazing to see just how far automakers have come along with the advances in technology. Now every automaker out there either has their own hybrid model or is in the process of developing one. As we continue on, the presence of hybrid and electric cars will grow and eventually become the new normal.