Automobiles have been around centuries. It all started back when a curious Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, designed a three-wheel automobile, which used a steam engine for an engine. These were the bread crumbs for later in the future, and truly that is what they became. Many inventors followed the bread crumbs and built on what they knew inventing faster and more powerful engines, smaller and smaller cars, and more unique cars as time grew on. Cars have continued to evolve till’ today and will never stop because there’s always someone out there trying to be the next Henry Ford or the next Gottlieb Daimler, or Wilhelm Maybach. Cars have only evolved for a little bit, and as technology continues to become better cars will too.
The first car was built by Joseph Cugnot in 1769. It was powered by a steam engine and was very slow. Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir was the first to build the one cylinder engine, internal-combustion engine, was later patent.Nikolaus August Otto built the first four cylinder engine. In 1886 Gottlieb Daimler designed the first four wheeled automobile. They also created the first v-slanted engine.
Karl Benz, know as one of the founders of Mercedes-Benz, is the first to build an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach with Benz’s manufacturing firm in 1926 to create Daimler-Benz. The joint company makes cars today under the Mercedes-Benz nameplate, and Daimler Chrysler Henry Ford, a famous car company founder, designed the world’s biggest car manufacturer, manufacturing over 15 million Model Ts by 1927.
Hybrid cars have also been around since the 1900’s. In the 1900’s Ford made more steam and electric cars than it did gasoline. The first hybrid commercial truck was built in 1910, and as the gasoline engine was refined interest in hybrids died down. As problems with environment and gas process continue, Hybrids are now a hot commodity in the market place and are now the new wave of future cars.
First Police Car
Akron, Ohio claims to be the home of the country’s first police car in the form of a motorized police patrol wagon built in 1899. Designed by Frank Loomis and manufactured by Akron’s “Collins Buggy Co.” For $2,400, the vehicle was powered by two 4hp electric motors. It could go up to 18 mph on level ground and had enough power to travel about 30 miles before having to recharge. Equipped with electric lights, a bell and a stretcher, the wagon weighed around 2½ tons with a seating capacity for 12 prisoners. Its first inaugurate act was to pick up a drunken, rebellious citizen.