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Is this 1896 horseless carriage the world's very first hybrid car?

Is this 1896 horseless carriage the world's very first hybrid car?

Stephen Edelstein 1,684 views Mar 18, 2016 1896 Armstrong phaeton hybrid Enlarge Photo The Toyota Prius may have started the era of modern hybrid cars when it debuted in Japan in 1997, but it was far from the first hybrid vehicle. Ferdinand Porsche actually designed a handful of hybrid and electric cars with Vienna-based carriage builder Jacob Lohner and Company, starting in 1898. But there's another vehicle that predates even that effort. DON'T MISS: First-Ever Porsche Turns Out To Be An Electric Car (Jan 2014) It's this 1896 Armstrong phaeton hybrid, which resurfaced at the Bonhams car auction during the recent Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance—and may be the world's first hybrid. That hybrid horseless carriage was designed by Harry E. Dey, and built by the Armstrong Manufacturing Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, according a Hemmings blog post detailing the car. Dey w...

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