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At the age of 18, Ferdinand Porsche boarded a in North Bohemia. Austria-Hungary Czech Republic ), and headed for to embark on his first job. having no formal engineering Jacob Lohner. at his Lohner-Werke Porsche to develop an electric for his coaches.

Porsche’s prototype car a low-friction drivetrain, due to the hub-mounted motors directly driving the Each internal-pole electric was capable of 2.5 hp (1.9 kW) to 3.5 hp (2.6 kW) to 7 hp (5.2 kW) for short bursts. [ 3 ]

The System Lohner-Porsche created a whirlwind across Europe. received his first order E.W. Hart, himself a of Luton, Britain. Hart for significant modifications.

His vehicle was to be capable of running on as well as electricity, of carrying passengers, and employ four-wheel The custom coach was a monster ‘La Toujours Contente'(‘always in French), a jab at record-holder Camille electric ‘La Jamais ‘, and was exhibited at the December Paris Exhibition. The enormous required 1.8 tonnes of batteries of a forty-four cell 80 volt battery, all housed in a spring-suspended container to protect the fragile The 4 electric motors weighed a of 1280 pounds, contributing to a vehicle weight of over 4 on its Continental pneumatic tires.

With a battery capacity of 270 amp-hours and 4 forward speeds, the coach ran in several expositions and It cost 15,000 Austrian

Despite such ambitious the car was completed on time and was delivered by Porsche. Hart was so impressed he purchased another, two-wheel example at a relative bargain of Austrian crowns.

In November 1900, the Automobile Club of Britain and Ireland sponsored an vehicle endurance trial, of the 4-wheel drive Lohner-Porsche was one of entrants—one of three entrants brought to the Chislehurst starting The first-place winner of the trial was a car dubbed the ‘Powerful’. Thanks to to its lighter weight and larger wheels, it achieved a first run of 59 at an average of about 10 miles per ‘Le Toujours Contente’ tire failures on its 34 miles Porsche at the wheel.

One competitor stated, there inches of mud on the floors; rain through the roof; the sheds doorless and the cars and attendants nightly exposed to the full of wind and rain. Other vehicle entrants managed 7 miles distance through the rutted course. Ferdinand caught a severe cold, to the vehicle’s elimination from competition.

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Too costly for popular Lohner leveraged the revolutionary technology for larger commercial Lohner-Werke manufactured rear-drive buses for Berlin and front-drive engines for the cities of Vienna, and London. Lohner was commissioned to vehicles for the Austrian emperor as as the kings of Norway, Romania, and

According to a biography by Andreas the funeral coach for Archduke Ferdinand, whose murder in was the event which sparked off War I, was manufactured by Lohner-Werke. Over 300 vehicles were sold 1906.

In addition to custom Lohner supported Porsche’ racing efforts. Several land speed records set, with a top speed achieving 37 mph (60 km/h) with at the wheel. It was victorious in a number of events including the Exelbert in 1901.

With both drivetrain excellence in Lohner’s custom and motorsport experience, Porsche won the Potting Prize as Austria’s outstanding automotive engineer. In Porsche was snapped up by Daimler-Benz as designer. Jacob Lohner at the time: ‘He is very but is a man with a big career before You will hear of him again.’

The design was studied by Boeing and to create the Apollo program’s Rover. Many of its design were mirrored in the Rover’s The series hybrid concept many modern railway and interest in series hybrid is growing rapidly.

Literature [ edit ]

Porsche-Museum, Ferdinand Porsche — des Hybridautomobils/Hybrid Automobile Pioneer . Edition-Porsche-Museum, Stuttgart 2010, 978-3-9812816-4-4 .

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