Pescatore (SA Auto-Mixte)
The SA Auto-Mixte was a early Belgian manufacturer of automobiles and commercial vehicles, and from 1911 the brand name Pescatore was used for the commercial vehicles and for individual passenger cars .
The company from the Rue Hayeneux in Herstal began in 1906 with the production of automobiles and commercial vehicles with Henri Pieper patents . The focus was on commercial vehicles.
Most of the vehicles were gasoline-electric powered by System Pieper its electric motor was in effect a generator, recharging the batteries a early hybrid. A gasoline engine with 3.5 hp power with dynamo was used to charge a 48-volt battery. The range was about 50 kilometers. A model was the 24 CV with a four-cylinder engine , which was repeatedly exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show.
Auto-Mixte built cars between 1906 and 1912 using a hybrid-technology under license from Pieper, it introduced a 3-1/2 horsepower "voiturette" in which the small gasoline engine was mated to an electric motor under the seat. When the car was "cruising," its electric motor was in effect a generator, recharging the batteries. But when the car was climbing a grade, the electric motor, mounted coaxially with the gas engine, gave it a boost. most were commercial transport.
In 1909, a model with a slider motor system by Charles Yale Knight was presented.
From 1910 they used a Knight sleeve valve engine.
From 1912 to 1914 the cars were made as Pescatore, named after the owner.
The outbreak of World War I marked the end of the car. The workshop was eventually taken over by a motorcycle manufacturer Gillet Herstal. Auto-Mixte made buses for the City of London as well; one electric engine driving each wheel, therefore creating one single walkway without obstructions.