Electromobility at Porsche – Pioneering Spirit Then and Now

Electromobility features prominently in Porsche’s past, present, and future. Ferdinand Porsche designed his first electric vehicle with rear-wheel drive back in 1898. More than a century later the sports-car manufacturer is returning to its roots.

 

The beginnings

1893 – Ferdinand Porsche
The company founder was interested in electricity as a boy. At the age of eighteen he installed a lighting system in his parents’ home.

1898 – Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton
Ferdinand Porsche’s oldest car that still exists today is powered by an Oktagon electric motor. Technical data: 2.2–3.7 kW (3–5 hp); peak speed (Vmax): 25 kmh

1900 – La Toujours Contente electric race car
The “always content” is the world’s first passenger car with all-wheel drive. Technical data: 4 x 10 kW (14 hp)

1900 – Semper Vivus Lohner-Porsche
This car is known as the world’s first hybrid vehicle. A combustion engine supplements its wheel-hub motors. Technical data: combustion engine 2 x 2.6 kW (3.5 hp), e-motor 2 x 1.8 kW (2.5 hp); Vmax: 35 kmh

1902 – Mixte Lohner-Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche wins the hillclimbing race on Mount Exel with the production-ready version of the Semper Vivus. Technical data: 2 x 10 kW (14 hp)

Mixte Lohner-Porsche, 1902
Mixte Lohner-Porsche

Revisiting an early idea

2010 – Cayenne S Hybrid
Porsche presents the first standardseries hybrid car in the company’s history. Technical data: electric motor 34 kW (47 hp), combustion engine 245 kW (333 hp); Vmax: 242 kmh

2010 – 911 GT3 R Hybrid
This race car with electric front-wheel drive and a flywheel energy storage system is Porsche’s first hybrid vehicle developed for motorsports. Technical data: combustion engine 353 kW (480 hp), electric motor 2 x 60 kW (81 hp)

911 GT3 R Hybrid, 2010
The 2010 911 GT3 R Hybrid

2011 – Panamera S Hybrid
The most fuel-efficient Porsche thus far, it consumes 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers. Technical data: electric motor 34 kW (47 hp), combustion engine 245 kW (333 hp); Vmax: 270 kmh

2013  – 918 Spyder
This high-performance hybrid sports car posts a record lap time of 6:57 minutes on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (north loop). Technical data: system output 652 kW (887 hp); Vmax: 343 kmh

2014 – 919 Hybrid
Porsche wins the drivers’ and manufacturers’ WEC titles from 2015 to 2017 with the most complex race car of all time. Technical data: combustion engine 370 kW (503 hp), electric motor 184 kW (250 hp)

919 Hybrid, 2014
The 2014 Porsche 919 Hybrid

Related Content

Star Check
Campus

Star Check

Famous people around the world drive, collect, and love Porsches. A Porsche department fulfills the exclusive wishes of VIP customers.