1942 Baby Rhone.Paris-Rhône was a French producer of small three-wheeler electric cars based in Lyon.The front wheel was mounted on a motor-cycle style fork, but the mechanism was concealed from view by the body work.The electric motor delivered 2.5 hp at 2,300 rpm. A top speed of 19 mph and a range of approximately 40 miles were quoted. The three-wheeled car had one bench seat suitable for two thin people.
The Löhner-Porsche (1900-1901), developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, was the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile. Its front wheels were driven by electric hub-mounted motors. Its design was studied by Boeing and NASA to create the Apollo program’s Lunar Rover. The series hybrid concept underpins many modern railway locomotives, and interest in series hybrid automobiles is still growing.