The Return of the 'P1' On the 5th Anniversary of The Porsche Museum Opening

The Return of the 'P1' On the 5th Anniversary of The Porsche Museum Opening

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
03 Feb 2014

The 'P1', designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche, was one of the first vehicles registered in Austria, and took to the streets of Vienna on 26 June, 1898. Porsche engraved the code 'P1' (stands for Porsche, number 1) on to all of the key components, thus giving the electric vehicle unofficial name.

The highly compact electric drive, weighing just 130 kg, offered an output of 3 hp. For short periods, up to 5 hp could be achieved in overloading mode, allowing the P1 to reach speeds of up to 22 mph (35 km/h). When driven in this manner, the vehicle speed was regulated via a 12-speed controller. The overall range of the vehicle could span up to 50 miles (80 km), a considerable feat for a vehicle of that period. A further innovation was the Lohner alternating vehicle body, which allowed the vehicle to be used in both summer and winter.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, and Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG, unveiled the 'P1' before an audience of invited guests on Friday 30th January. The following weekend, the 'P1' was viewed free of charge as part of the celebrations to mark the 5th anniversary of the Porsche Museum.

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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