Porsche Semper Vivus
Recreating the past isn't something you often think of when hybrid or electric vehicles are the topic of discussion, but Porsche did exactly that for the Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a painstaking recreation of the 111-year-old Semper Vivus, the first fully-functional full-hybrid car ever built. In-wheel motors, two mid-mounted engines, and true series-hybrid drive, like the 2011 Chevy Volt or Fisker Karma, put the Semper Vivus, its name Latin for "always alive," well ahead of the technological curve for 1900. Then as now, however, the problem with such technologically advanced hybrids was...
Porsche Recreates The Original Full Hybrid, Semper Vivus, For Geneva Motor Show
In-wheel electric motors, a full-hybrid drivetrain, and a Porsche logo: it sounds like a modern car, but it's 111 years old. It's the Porsche Semper Vivus, and it has been recreated in time for the Geneva Motor Show. Porsche says it was the first fully-functional full-hybrid car in the world...Nelson Ireson