The first electric vehicle (EV) was built by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900—and his design for the Lohner-Porsche hybrid may inspire current EV designers and manufacturers.
One of the innovative features of that vehicle was its in-wheel motors that powered the front wheels. These motors were run on lead-acid batteries that were recharged by a pair of combustion engines.
While an in-wheel engine offers advantages in reducing weight and moving components, why carmakers have been reluctant to em…

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