engineer Ferdinand Porsche The first hybrid car was built in the year 1899 by engineer Ferdinand Porsche. Called the System Lohner-Porsche Mixte, it used a gasoline engine to supply power to an electric motor that drove the car’s front wheels.
Toyota Prius Automotive hybrid technology became widespread beginning in the late 1990s. The first mass-produced hybrid vehicle was the Toyota Prius, launched in Japan in 1997, and followed by the Honda Insight, launched in 1999 in the United States and Japan.
1997 In 1997 however, Toyota were the first to successfully overcome the many engineering challenges and subsequently launched the Prius, the world's first mass market hybrid. As an innovator, the first generation model was designed to stand out – a formula newer evolutions would repeat over the years.
In Japan, Toyota began toying with a small hybrid sports car powered by a gas turbine generator and an electric motor. To give carmakers a break from rising regulatory stress, the Clinton-Gore administration created a Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) in 1993.Apr 21, 2016