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Hybrid Cars are Nothing New

By Autosaurus Published: October 15, 2008

When fuel prices were more than $4 a gallon there was plenty of talk about hybrid cars (a car with a combination internal combustion motor and an electric motor).  Most people, including many journalists, referred to this as a recent phenomenon-something developed during the past 20 years.  Not true.  Want to guess when the first hybrid automobile was developed?  How about 1917-more than 90 years ago.  The company was the Woods Motor Vehicle Company of Chicago and their vehicle was the Woods Dual Power.  An original, unrestored example of this car is part of the collection of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  The car made a rare appearance outside the museum when it was displayed at the Glenmoor Gathering in 2007.  The Woods Dual Power lasted only two years.  The company ceased production in 1918.



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