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Published on January 31st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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1st-Ever Porsche Found In Austrian Garage, Is Electric



Well, this is certainly a fun story. The 1st Porsche ever built was recently found inside an Austrian garage, according to news reports. The car (if we can call it that) was sitting there untouched for over 100 years! Also cool for us EV lovers — it was electric! Of course, back in the day, many of the first cars were electric. Eventually, gasmobiles took over because society lacked the batteries we have today and electric vehicles thus had very short ranges. Nonetheless, that took some time since EVs perform better, have instant torque, and are several times more efficient. As you well know, the pendulum seems to be swinging back in the direction of electric vehicles again, and as part of that swing, Porsche is also electrifying in order to take advantage of those unmatched performance benefits of EVs.

But, anyway, let’s get back to the story at hand. Here are some pics, commentary, and more facts from Chris DeMorro of Gas2:

The First Porsche Found In Austrian Shed (via Gas 2.0)

In 1898, a 23-year old tinkerer named Ferdinand Porsche literally put his mark on one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, and this 100% electric car has sat untouched in an Austrian shed since 1902. With a 50-mile range and a 22 MPH top speed, this…



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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • David Fuchs

    The really funny thing is, after 100 years GM still can not make an electric car that has better range.

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