In 1886 electricity came to Ferdinand Porsche’s hometown of Maffersdorf in Bohemia when he was just 11 years of age. Originally destined to take up an apprenticeship as a plumber in accordance with his father’s wishes, the young lad was left spellbound by the innovation and quickly taught himself enough to fit his parents’ house with an electric doorbell, install cabling and wire in electric lighting.
At the age of 18 he moved to Vienna to take up an apprenticeship with VEAG, a respected electrical company. It was here that he met coachbuilder Ludwig Lohner, who had contacted Porsche’s employer for help in his quest to build an electric car. In 1899 Porsche switched to Lohner Werken, where he built the world’s first hybrid all-wheel drive vehicle, the Lohner-Porsche.