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With all the (some would argue: overblown) current [no pun intended] attention on electric vehicles, might be interesting to acknowledge some past efforts. In the very early days of the industry, they met with considerable success, at the detriment to gasoline-powered vehicles, sales-wise. But there were a whole slew of occasional proposals, some which were merely concepts, some which were intended to but never saw production, others which eked out a small run. 

The '74-77 CitiCar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citicar
 

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BMW's concept, never built. Note the wildly optimistic electric vehicle sales projections - that number (290K in the U.S. in 2001) wasn't reached until 2018

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First Hybrid Vehicle:  Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid. (1900-1905)

"First prototypes were two-wheel drive, battery-powered electric vehicles with two front-wheel hub-mounted motors. A later version was a series hybrid using hub-mounted electric motors in each wheel, powered by batteries and a gasoline-engine generator."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche

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I wonder if any of the production ones have been saved... .like that Pope Waverly

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Jay Leno has 1909 Baker Electric

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The Cleveland Museum of History has a couple of vintage EVs, both Bakers IIRC... 

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There was a recreation of a 1901 Lohner-Porsche also, Porsche showed it off at the intro of the Panamera Hybrid a couple years ago.  Maybe they will bring it out for the Taycan launch. 

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Personally, I think this was and still is the coolest EV vehicle ever built

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An early EV off-roader...

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8 minutes ago, ykX said:

Personally, I think this was and still is the coolest EV vehicle ever built

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I heard those wheels were the early prototype for the airless all plastic / rubber wheels that have been experimented with.

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40 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I heard those wheels were the early prototype for the airless all plastic / rubber wheels that have been experimented with.

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Not really, similar concept i guess but they were metal

"The wheels were designed and manufactured by General Motors Defense Research Laboratories in Santa Barbara, California.[20] Ferenc Pavlics was given special recognition by NASA for developing the "resilient wheel".[21] They consisted of a spun aluminum hub and a 32 inches (81 cm) diameter, 9 inches (23 cm) wide tire made of zinc-coated woven 0.033 inches (0.84 mm) diameter steel strands attached to the rim and discs of formed aluminum. Titanium chevrons covered 50% of the contact area to provide traction. Inside the tire was a 25.5 inches (65 cm) diameter bump stop frame to protect the hub."

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