One unique feature was the Lohner "alternating" body, which was designed to be detached from the chassis and swapped for another body depending on the driver's needs.
The P1 debuted on the streets of Vienna on July 26, 1898, and competed in the international motor-vehicle exhibition in Berlin the next year. Porsche and three passengers took part in a 24-mile race against other electric cars.
His creation took first place, and consumed the lowest amount of energy of any vehicle in the competition.
Ferdinand Porsche went on to found the car company that would make his name legendary, but not before designing the 1900 Semper Vivus -- widely considered to be the world's first hybrid-electric vehicle. MORE: 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Plug-In To Replace Hybrid
The company recently re-created the Semper Vivus, showing the running replica at media events to launch Porsche's first modern hybrid car, the Panamera S Hybrid model That car has now been replaced in the U.S. by the Panamera S E-Hybrid, its first modern plug-in vehicle.