So, I was playing Battlefield, as one is wont to do on a weekend, and it dropped a fun fact on me. Apparently, the Saint-Chamond tank used in the game wasn’t just a real tank, it was a real tank that was powered by a generator and propelled via electric motors! Now, the tank wasn’t exactly perfectly made/designed, but considering that it was amongst the very first tanks ever built, I think that can be let slide a little. Still, it’s fascinating (to me at least) that this powertrain set-up was used so early on. It’s always made sense to me as an extremely logical configuration for slower, heavier vehicles due to the torque advantages of electric motors. Here’s the wikipedia link if anyone’s curious: