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Once the internal combustion engine was invented, engineers began working on ways it could be used to power a carriage — a horseless carriage.
German engineer Karl Benz began building a three-wheeled vehicle with wire wheels, like a bicycle, and an engine between the rear wheels. He finished his Motorwagen (we call it a car) in 1885. The company today that bears his name, Mercedes-Benz, is the world’s oldest car manufacturer.
At first, cars were made one at a time, and only the rich could afford them. But in 1914, American Henry Ford came up with a way to manufacture cars on an assembly line. As a result, cars could be produced faster and cheaper, and more people could afford them.
Cars made it easy to get around, so people no longer had to live in cities, close to their work. Suburbs sprang up, and so did new roads, highways and parking lots.
Today, there are more than one billion cars on the road. We are dependent on cars — and on the oil and gasoline used to fuel them. Recently, new types of cars that run on electricity or a mix of gas and electricity are showing up more and more.
You know- that all depends on what you consider the first viable car.
In 1808 Francois Isaac de Rivas designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.
In 1870 Siegried Marcus built the first gasoline powered combustion engine.
The gasoline internal combustion engine that still constitutes the most prevalent form of modern automotive propulsion was patented by Nikolaus Otto.
The similar four-stroke Diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel.
The hydrogen fuel cell, one of the technologies hailed as a replacement for gasoline as an energy source for cars, was discovered in principle by Christian Friedrich Schonbein in 1838.
The electric car owes its beginnings to Anyos Jedlik, one of the inventors of the electric motor, and Gaston Plante, who invented the lead-acid battery in 1859.
In 1886, Karl Benz developed a petrol or gasoline powered automobile.This is also considered to be the first “production” vehicle as Benz made several other identical copies. The automobile was powered by a single cylinder two stroke engine.
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie), is the first automobile that was mass-produced by the Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927.
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No single human being invented the automobile all by themselves. It took thousands of people to develop the fundamental technology for centuries as it evolved. The whole world collaborated as teams to invent the automobile.
A.M.I.E Mechanical Engineering & Automotive Design, The Institution of Engineers (2019)
When we talk about modern automobile, then the name Karl Benz comes to mind who had made the first modern car in 1886.
But long before him, there was a Frenchman named Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot who did build a full-sized steam powered automobile somewhere between 1769–1771.