Lohner Porsche Electric Car 1899 is the name of the first electric car. It was developed and christened by Ferdinand Porsche, a pioneer in the automobile and aircraft industries.

The first prototypes of the model had 2 drive wheels powered by a battery. The Lohner Porsche 1899 can travel up to almost 80 km on one charge. However, it is very slow due to its total weight of 977 kg!


The Lohner Porsche – Image Source presskit.porsche.de

In Europe, the Lohner-Porsche system quickly made waves: The first order went to E.W. Hart, who demanded major changes to the vehicle. His vehicle was to run on both petrol and electricity, be able to transport four people and have four drive wheels. This resulted in the first vehicle to have four-wheel drive and brakes on four wheels. A phenomenon never seen before in this era!

The Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus” (“The Ever Happy One”) is one of the most beautiful success stories of Ferdinand Porsche’s first working years and entered the yearbooks 118 years ago as the first fully operational hybrid vehicle.

Despite its reliable mechanics, the production costs of the Lohner Porsche in 1906 are higher than the production costs of petrol engines. Fortunately, however, the story of the electric car does not end with the end of Ferdinand Porsche’s car production.


The progress of car manufacturers in the field of electric mobility is remarkable: today, most brands offer electric or hybrid cars that combine design, comfort and performance. As a sustainable energy supplier in Luxembourg, Enovos supports the development of electromobility: discover electromobility by Enovos now .

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