Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company that bears his name, built his first electric car back in 1898.
As News.com.au reports, while the famous automobile company didn’t actually come into existence until 1931, its founder manufactured the electric car, known as the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle C.2 Phaeton model or the P1 for short, when he was 22 years old.
The car was recently unearthed in an Austrian garage, where it had been stored since 1902. It is now on display at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany.
The car features an "octagonal electric motor" that was powered by electric batteries which are positioned amidst shock absorbers in the rear of the vehicle. It could reach speeds of up to 34km/h and travel up to 79 kilometres on a single charge.
Ferdinand Porsche raced the P1 at the 1899 international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin alongside 18 other electric vehicles.
The car won the race and significantly, given today’s emphasis on the fuel efficiency of electric vehicles, consumed the least amount of energy.