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.