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

The first full-hybrid car
Feb 25, 2011

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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