Friday, April 1, 2011

The Tucker '49: The First Plug-in Hybrid?

The Tucker '49:
Would It Have Been America's
First Hybrid Passenger Car?
While sifting through the voluminous archives of the Tucker Historical Collection and Library (HCL), we've discovered incontrovertible evidence that Preston Tucker was pioneering the plug-in hybrid electric automobile for the 1949 model year.  The vintage photograph to the right shows how the vent in the left-rear fender--the location of the fuel filler in early Tucker '48s--had been retrofitted to accommodate a standard 110-volt AC outlet.  The 1949 Tucker hybrid (code-named "Prestonius" in confidential Tucker Corporation records) would clearly have been a forerunner of General Motors' Chevrolet Volt by more than 63 years.

(P.S. - Please note the date of this post)

(Post and photo credit: Kit Fox)

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