The 1st working steam-powered automobile was probably designed by Ferdinand Verbiest, a Flemish member of a Jesuit mission in China around 1672. It was a 65 cm-long scale-model toy for the Chinese Emperor, that wasn’t able to carry a driver or a passenger.It isn’t known if Verbiest’s model was ever built. In 1752, Leonty Shamshurenkov, a Russian peasant, constructed a human-pedalled four-wheeled “auto-running” carriage as one of the most 2011 Chrysler, and afterwards proposed to equip it with odometer and to use the same principle for making a self-propelling sledge.Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is widely credited with building the first self-propelled mechanical automobile or car in about 1769 ; he created a steam-powered tricycle. He also constructed 2 steam tractors for the French Military, one of which is preserved in the French Nationwide Conservatory of Humanities and Crafts. His inventions were however handicapped by issues with water supply and maintaining steam pressure. In 1801, Richard Trevithick built and demonstrated his Puffing Demon road locomotive, thought by many to be the 1st demonstration of a steam-powered road vehicle. It wasn’t able to maintain enough steam pressure for extended periods, and was of little practical use.
November 1, 2011 by Blogging
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