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What does a all-electric car that’s more a century old have in common some of the modern world’s capable and powerful sports

World s first Porsche an all-electric car to go on display

The small, car, nicknamed the P1, was built in by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22. The will put it on display in its museum in

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On Monday, the German automaker it was putting on display in its Stuttgart, museum the Egger-Lohner electric C.2 Phaeton. This small, car, nicknamed the P1, was built in by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22. the first car he ever built.

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That’s the same Porsche who would form his brand in 1931. The company designed vehicles such as the Volkswagen Beetle and various used by the Nazis in World War II, setting its sights on sports shortly after the war ended.

the man, built just copies of his Egger-Lohner electric according to the brand that his name today. Although the are unaccounted for, this was parked in a barn in 1902 and sat untouched until last

The P1 gets its nickname from the Ferdinand engraved in each of the components to denote who designed it (P for and 1 for it being the first vehicle he built).

To build the P1, Porsche an electric motor from an company he had worked with for years (Egger). He mounted it to a and body built by Lohner. The car has horsepower under normal though the driver can overload the for brief bursts of a whopping horsepower.

At just under 3,000 the P1 weighs as much as your compact sedan, but is nearly a the length. Its top speed is 21 mph, cruising speed is a more 15 mph. Its 49-mile range is considering many modern cars can manage only 80 to 100 miles.

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Though modern vehicles have struggled to acceptance, they were a sight on roads at the turn of the century. Their appeal at the of the automobile was largely for the same they’re gaining popularity

“Electric cars of that era quieter, easier to operate, and no shifting of gears,” said Anderson, curator of transportation at the Ford museum. “It was an open for several years from the of the industry as to whether gas, or electric would win out.”

Electric cars became so in urban areas like New City that public stations were even It wasn’t until the electric was invented for gas cars in 1912 the popularity of electric cars to wane, Anderson said.

Porsche would have a interest in entering this in 1898 reflects the public’s excitement with the automobile. of mom and pop auto making shops up across the U.S. and Europe.

“Everybody wanted to get into the Anderson said. “It was the next big It wasn’t surprising to find like Porsche or Henry tinkering in their garages and to get their foot in the door.”

The P1 now become a permanent part of the display at its museum. There, piece of the brand’s past share floor space a glimpse into Porsche’s future: a concept from the Geneva Motor Show previewed the 2015 918 now in production.


a difference more than a can make: with 887 total the 918 can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and tops out at 224 mph — speeds fast enough to bring a to Ferdinand Porsche’s eye.

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