NTM International Journal of History & Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology & Medicine

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 219-236

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Die Rolle Ferdinand Porsches bei der Entwicklung ziviler und militärischer Elektrofahrzeuge zwischen 1900 und 1945

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Ferdinand Porsche is one of the most important European automotive pioneers. Everybody knows his famous cars like Austro Daimler ADR, Mercedes SSK, Steyr Austria, Auto Union-racing car type C or the world famous Beetle. He didn't start his career with petrol-cars. When he began working for the Royal Austrian Coach Factory Jakob Lohner & Co in 1900, he built electric and hybrid drive-cars. The Lohner-Porsche-cars had two engines in the front wheels. The electric motors were powered by batteries or dynamos. After Porsche's leaving Lohner for Austro Daimler, he produced hybrid-trucks during World War I. In the World War II, he built hybrid-tanks.