Nothing New Under the Sun
Sebastian Blanco wrote a post about a pretty cool hybrid car. It's more old school than even Clint Eastwood and shows us that some ideas are just taking their sweet time to mature. This 1916 Woods Dual Power Model 44 Coupe was produced between 1915 and 1918, and it was powered by an electric motor from 0 to 15 mph (24 km/h) and by a 4-cylinder gasoline engine up to its top speed of around 35 mph (56 km/h).
Almost a Full Hybrid
In a way, the Woods coupe was almost a full hybrid, in the sense that the electric motor could move the vehicle on its own (unlike most "assist" hybrids like the Honda Civic hybrid). The difference with a modern full hybrid (like the Prius) is that the this early hybrid couldn't use both sources of power at the same time (not to mention that regenerative braking was probably out of the question at the time).
But one thing that this old school hybrid had that modern ones still don't is a plug! Batteries were no doubt charged from the grid and not by the gasoline engine (that would have required more mechanical complexity).
Via Autoblog Green
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