Archive for February 28, 2011


In 1900, at the dawn of the 20th Century, long before there was the sports car company Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, a gifted young engineer named Ferdinand Porsche created the world’s first functional full-hybrid car.  It’s called the “Semper Vivus”  (always alive).

There are electric motors in those mammoth front hubs. It must have been quite an achievement to get the rear wheels driven by a gas engine synchronized with the front electric drive hubs.

Porsche wants the world to know that it has always been involved in  hybrid technology, even if it was almost 50 years before the Porsche sports car company was established after WWII.  The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart spent 4 years reviving the “always alive” car.  They must have spent a fortune, but when you’re talking about bragging rights, no price is too high.

Here is Porsche’s tease video in advance of the car’s unveiling at the Geneva Auto Show this week.