The first hybrid car was in part the brainchild of a Viennese coach builder named Jacob Lohner, who felt that gas-driven cars were too noisy and smelly. To find a solution to this problem, Lohner turned to a young Austrian engineer named Ferdinand Porsche.
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.
There are two big reasons: range and production costs. Gas-powered vehicles could travel farther than their electric counterparts. And Henry Ford's work on mass production for the Model T made gas-powered cars cheaper to produce. The combo nearly wiped out electric cars for nearly 100 years.
Lohner-Porsche Mixte -- World's First Hybrid Electric Car Is Invented Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the sports car by the same name, creates the Lohner-Porsche Mixte -- the world's first hybrid electric car. The vehicle is powered by electricity stored in a battery and a gas engine.Sep 15, 2014
The first-generation Prius, at its launch, became the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. At its introduction in 1997, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award, and in 1998, it won the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference Car of the Year award in Japan.
The Beginning 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. The Mixte was well-received, and over 300 were produced.