When people think of the creation of the first motor car, names such as Karl Benz and Henry Ford should be coming across their minds. But behind the scene, there was a particular man named Ferdinand Porsche who designed the first electric/gasoline hybrid and the Lohner-Porsche electric car in the1900. Porsche had many achievements such as developing Grand Prix race cars and working in many of the most famous car-making factories of the time. Though Ferdinand Porsche was not the first man to create an automobile with a gas engine, his creation of the Porsche as portrayed in Porsche - The Man and his Cars by Richard von Frankenberg, was an incredible innovation in the history of automobiles.
Ferdinand Porsche was born on September 3, 1875 in a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that is now in the Czech Republic, to Anton Porsche and his wife, Anna Ehrlich. He demonstrated excellent mechanical abilities very early in his life. At the age of 15, he began to experiment with electricity and at the age of 18, he was recommended for a job in Vienna with Brown Boveri. Here he was able to sneak into classes at the Technical University. This became his only training as an engineer, but he was still able to became an important figure among German engineers. After about four years, he was able to become manager of the test department and first assistant in the calculating section. Porsche’s name and abilities began to spread, and Jacob Lohner later hired him to be his designer. In Porsche - The Man and his Cars, it stated that Lohner specified that his designer should come from the electrical industry, should be young, and adaptable to new things (Frankenberg 9). At Lohner, Porsche designed the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle in the world, which was marketed as the Lohner-Porsche.
Later, he designed the Landwehr train, a four-wheel drive vehicle with motors at each wheel, used to provide supplies for German forces in World War I (Frankenberg 11). After...
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