First Porsche Was An Electric Car Blackle Mag

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First Porsche Was An Electric Car

Porsche s first car, an electrically propelled four-seater convertible, has been restored after lying in storage for over a hundred years.

Don t let first impressions count with the Porsche P1, it looks as similar to the 911 I do to George Clooney, but look under the surface and you ll find a refreshingly modern concept.

It s official name is Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model , yet another catchy title from our friends in

Germany. The P1 can carry four passengers and was hand-built by the founder the company s founder, Ferdinand Porsche.

The car s been left in a warehouse since 1902. After being found, it was painstakingly restored back to its original condition when operating in Austria.

The Egger-Lohner C.2 is more widely known as the P1, this being the code that marked its parts, meaning number one in the Porsche range. The P1 operates using a battery and has a range of as much as 80 kilometres.

Image source: Porsche P1 with added seat rests.

Three-horsepower was to be expected on average, but it could reach five bhp in what was called overloading mode , achieving speeds of 22 mph (35 km/h). The P1 was one of the first cars Austria ever declared as a registered vehicle.

It is, of course a convertible, ready for the capricious Germanic weather. Don t expect a particularly smooth ride, however, as it doesn t look as if there s much suspension, a factor that probably caused quite a few headaches for those brave enough to try a new, understandably risky, transport.

Image source: Porsche P1 s instrument display.

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At first it may seem odd to us who are familiar with petrol and diesel, that Porsche s first car should have been electrically propelled. But the dawn of the motor vehicle threw up many theories as to how we might get cars to move.

The internal combustion engine won the race but electric cars were relatively popular in the early years of the automobile and the P1 participated in racing at the international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin in 1899.

Ferdinand Porsche drove the P1 himself and tested it on various terrains.

The P1 will is now on display at Porsche s museum in Stuttgart.

Perhaps when pondering the future of transport, looking into the past isn t such a bad idea after all.

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