Even though the automobile itself was actually invented in Europe it ?s no secret that we Americans love our cars. Since the invention of the automobile America has been one of the leading engineers of new automotive technology. We created a lot of the greatest automotive inventions ever made.
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One of the first inventors of the car engine was Nicolas Joseph Chugnot. He used the steam engine to power his vehicle. And his invention was used by the French Army. And since the steam engine is too heavy for a vehicle. It gives a poor design for a road car. So it really did not work well. And if you believe that electric cars are just invented recently you think wrong. Vehicle with an electrical engine was invented between 1832 and 1839 by Robert Anderson of Scotland. They invented the first electric carriage. It uses a rechargeable battery that powered a small electric motor. Nevertheless, since the vehicle is heavy and slow and always need to pause to recharge it again. Both steam and electric vehicle are both stop in favour of the gas-powered vehicle. A highly successful and practical gas-powered vehicle such as the one we used today was invented by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. Then the Internal combustion engine is invented. And then improve the car industry more. They made other accessories lighter for better driving. And added scores of new technology to make you feel like you are flying while you are driving.
Then the hybrid cars are invented. In 1900 the creation of gas and electric hybrid cars has been seen in Belgium. Moreover, in that year, electric cars have a good comeback. And dive into the United States market that outsold all other kinds of cars. Lots of invented and car makers had seen the significance of the hybrid car in the vehicle industries. And because of that lots of inventor and car maker give their time and effort to enhance the hybrid cars. For me hybrid cars are really a great discover or invention. Because it not only helps our environment buy also help our fiscal problems. With the up and down price of gases and the issue of global warming, because of air pollution that is carried out by gas-powered engine, hybrid gas electric cars are really in a nice time to come out.
An American inventor was actually the first person to develop the motorcycle. A man in New England was the first person to invent the motorcycle sometime between 1867 and 1869. His name was Sylvester Howard Roper and his invention was definitely not something you would see anyone on today. However, back in his day it was considered amazing new technology. The motorcycle was like a regular bicycle but with a steam boiler bolted between the wheels. The motorcycle was operated by twisting the wooden bicycle handles forward to power the charcoal-fired single cylinder engine. The driver could also brake the machine by twisting back on the handles. Experts are unsure of what type of performance the motorcycle was in a position to have since the machine killed him during his demonstration in1896.
When vehicles were first invented their drivers had to endure the arduous task of hand cranking their engines before each trip and after every stall. In 1911 a patent was filed for what he described as an ?engine starting device ? by Charles Kettering, who would later become vice president of General Motors. Hand cranking was disused by the twenties because of Kettering?s invention. Kettering was likewise the discoverer of the Freon refrigerant and variable-speed transmissions.
Another 1911 invention was Ray Harroun?s rearview mirror. He was an engineer and racecar driver based out of Texas and it was precisely his racing that led him to the invention of the rearview mirror. Before there were rearview mirrors racecar drivers would have a passenger with them to watch out for other cars coming up on the rear. But Harroun could n?t find anyone to ride with him so he attached a small mirror to his windshield.
There is of course the American auto invention that everyone knows of. In 1908 Henry Ford invented the Model T and then only five years later he managed t invent modern automobile manufacturing. He broke the assembly of his vehicles down into 84 specific steps and it was this invention that allowed his company to develop a new vehicle every 93 minutes.
When the v8 engine was first created it was given a very small production, attributable to the difficulty in producing it. Originally it was reserved for boat and aircraft powerplants and a few racecars and custom vehicles. Then in 1915 the first mass produced v8 engine was created in America, making the technology available to everyone.
In the 1920s Ford had started the invention of what we know today as bioplastics. At that time bioplastics was n?t even a word. However, Ford had figured out a way to make some of the automobile parts out f corn and soybeans. In 1941 the first car made of bioplastics was invented. The vehicle was a 3rd of the burden of the regular steel vehicles often produced at that time and the frame was built from soybean plastic.
In 1939 an American car company invented the first air conditioning device that came factory installed on a vehicle. However, it flopped at first. The release of the new technology came just around the time of World War II where people were focusing on thrift and sacrifice. The first car air conditioner was also a massive piece of equipment that took up half a vehicle?s trunk, and cost consumers what is said to have been the equivalent of four thousand dollars today. Only two years later the auto company stopped offering air conditioning as a feature. Finally it regained popularity in the fifties, when Americans started spending more and more on luxury items.
Charles Kettering, who we talked about before, didn't create the automatic transmission, but oversaw its mass production at GM. The Hydra-Matic Drive was the first automatic transmission to be mass produced.
EPA passed new regulations that required better carbon emissions from vehicles. The catalytic converter was the easiest solution.