Five in One

Author(s):
Thomas Hoffmeister (GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik), 
Ingo Matusche (GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik), 
Tibor Niedermayer (GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik), 
Company: GETRAG KG, Germany
Published: dSPACE Magazine 1/2010, Mar 2010

Hybrid drives and electric vehicles are hot topics in the automobile industry right now. But what few people know is that the first electric vehicles actually hit the roads in the early 20th century. In fact, until electric starters were invented, electric vehicles were used as widely as gasoline engine vehicles, especially in North America. Now with crude oil becoming scarcer and more expensive, and public awareness of environmental issues rising, the interest in alternative forms of propulsion is growing again.

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