1917 Timber Dual Energy

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The very first hybrid gas electric car did not end up within 1983, but in 1917. The particular Woods Dual Energy was built by the Woods Motor Vehicle Company of Chicago. Because the gas engine was so hard, but provided more power and also electric cars were smoother, but had limited variety, the Timber Car Company wished to supply an auto that gave you the very best of both sides.

Want to know the best part is, it had been a complete hybrid (listen up GM) along with regenerative stopping. The motor was a parallel hybrid that included a 12-hp, 4-cylinder gas engine as an auxiliary drive program as well as the electric drive teach. The electrical engine could launch the vehicle up to 20 mph. With the gas motor, the double wood power could get as much as 35 mph.

The gas engine and also electric engine were connected using a magnetic clutch. The gas engine started to be magnetized when activated (by a handle controlled by the driver). The copper disk was pulled up against the flywheel connecting the electric motor for the gas engine.

The particular electric motor might be used while moving in reverse. Why? Since the engine had absolutely no clutch and so the gas engine experienced no things!

The vehicle battery made for this car was about 50 % the dimensions of the batteries within other electric cars of the time. When the car got as much as twenty mph, the particular gas engine could be engaged, allowing the electric engine and gas motor to work together. The battery might be recharged or released by another handle. Recharging was done by the gas engine (at speeds over 6 mph) or by braking upon level ground or even when coasting lower hills. A conventional brake pedal was only used from speeds of less than 6 mph.

Available for only $2650 (remember it was 1917). Wire wheels were extra, costing an extra $25. Otherwise you could 'pimp' your car out for another $100 (paint and trim).

Eventually, the first hybrid was a commercial failure. It was built only within 1917 as well as 1918. It had been too costly, not fast enough, and as well hard to in order to be considered a commercial achievement.

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