Geneva Motor Show preview: Ferdinand Porsche's 1900 Semper Vivus

The first full-hybrid car
Feb 25, 2011
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One automotive trivia that has escaped almost everyone's attention is that Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the German carmaker that carries his surname to this day, invented the first functional full-hybrid car in the world--in 1900.

During the Geneva International Motor Show, which kicks off next week, Porsche will showcase a recreation of this invention called the Semper Vivus (Latin for 'always alive') that took the Porsche Museum four years to reconstruct.

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