Hybrid Car Fun Facts
Hybrid cars are vehicles that have more than one on-board energy source to achieve and maintain propulsion. Hybrid cars have a traditional internal- combustion system and fuel tank, in addition to one or more electric motor and battery pack. We’ve put together some interesting facts about hybrid engines for you.
The first hybrid engine was built in 1902 by Ferdinand Porsche, yes, that Porsche! It was his second car creation and could travel nearly 40 miles on its battery.
In 1976 Toyota — wins the hybrid car race — built its first hybrid while General Electric was constructing a parallel-hybrid sedan.
In 1997, Toyota wins again and the Prius hits the Japanese market, which doesn’t make it to the United States until 2000.
In 1999 the Honda Insight is the first hybrid car to hit the mass market in the United States.
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