Karl Ludvigsen CIMechE MSAE, visiting lecturer, Cranfield University

Although justly famed for his creation of such iconic vehicles as the Auto Union Grand Prix cars and the Volkswagen Beetle, Ferdinand Porsche was dedicated to the use of electricity in drive trains and pursued this goal throughout his working life. Indeed the first vehicle that drew attention to Porsche was his electric auto of 1900, the Lohner-Porsche. This had motors in its driving wheels that were an uniquely successful technology of the era. Lohner of Vienna commercialized the patented concept in the production of electric autos, taxes, trucks, fire engines and coaches, 354 in all up to 1906. In 1901 Porsche built a hybrid vehicle—though his was not the first—and a car with an electrical power train. The latter was a technique that he perfected as his “Mixte” drive over decades and for which he received the Pötting Prize. Porsche used it to drive road trains, automobiles and ultimately in World War 2 a Tiger tank prototype, a tank destroyer and a 180-ton megatank. Porsche also patented such electrical applications as airplane drives and supercharger clutches.

Karl will start at 19:00 hrs. Interesting cars and bikes welcome for the display 18:00 hrs

In association with IMechE Automobile Division Eastern Centre 

Image courtesy of Karl Ludvigsen

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Location and travel details

In front of the IMEC building (vehicle display)
Vincent Building Auditorium (Karl’s lecture)

Who should attend

Industry, Alumni, Sponsors, Potential Students.


Free to attend