It was only a matter of time before the discussion surrounding the origin of electric cars began to take shape. Who really was the first brand to tinker with the idea – or the possibility – to one day run a full-fledged vehicle solely on electric power?

While there may be a lot more questions than answers, Porsche seems to think that their founding father, Professor Ferdinand Porsche, was the man who drew inspiration from that vision. According to this video – made by Porsche, by the way – Ferdinand Porsche brought the world’s first electric car at the World Fair in Paris way back in 1900 and while his design was celebrated for being a ‘sensational’ 50 km/h electric vehicle, a lot of people thought that it was too ahead of its time; that it wouldn’t work and it was too bold.

Well, it took over a century for Ferdinand Porsche’s vision to come to fruition when Porsche introduced the 918 Spyder Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Times have changed a whole since that fateful day in Paris 110 years ago. But if there’s one thing that has remained tried and tested throughout that time, it’s that you can never put a good idea to rest, no matter how ‘bold’ or ‘outlandish’ they may be.

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Source: Porsche

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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  (806) posted on 03.2.2010

well the future is now, way back before building an electric car is just a dream, but now you can see an electric car rolling over the streets and on race track. that’s the evolution of technology today.

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