1896 Armstrong Hybrid Gasoline Electric Car
The 1896 Armstrong Phaeton is probably the world's first hybrid car. Developed by Harry E. Dey and built by the Armstrong Company for the Roger Mechanical Carriage Company, it features both a gasoline powered, 6.5-liter, two-cylinder engine and a dynamo flywheel connected to an onboard battery. The dynamo (and regenerative braking) is used to charge the battery, which provides the necessary power to start the engine. This system predates Cadillac's self-starter by an impressive 16 years.
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