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Who invented the first car


Who invented the first car? Here is the list of who invented the first gasoline-powered car, self-propelled vehicle, steam-powered car, and electric cars. The most recognized person who invented the first ever car powered by gasoline is Karl Benz. Nevertheless, there are still many inventor of the car who contributed a lot in bringing up automobile industry today.

There are many other inventors who contributed to automobile industry since 1672. These key persons are such as Father Ferdinand Verbiest, Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot, Oliver Evans, Richard Trevithick, and many more who are earlier than Karl Benz.

The table here shows who invented the first car powered by different type of power in different countries. It is just worth to read through.

Year Invented Who Invented Car Description Country
1672 Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688)
  • First self-propelled vehicle in China.
  • Called the Verbiest’s car.
  • Powered by Steam.
  • It is said that he built the car in China.
1769 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725-1804)
  • First self-propelled vehicle in France.
  • Powered by Steam.
1789 Oliver Evans
  • First steam-powered car in U.S.
  • Patented in U.S.
1801 Richard Trevithick
  • First steam-powered car in Great Britain
Great Britain
1806 Francois Isaac de Rivaz (1752-1828)
  • First successful internal combustion engine but it was never commercially
  • successful.
1832-1839 Robert Anderson (19th century)
  • First electric car.
  • First crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary power cells.
1873 Amedee Bollee
  • First steam-powered car call L’Obeissante.
  • Amedee Bollee made the first road trip between Le Mans and Paris in 18 hours.
1881 Gustave Trouvé (1839-1902)
  • Designed and inventend the first ever car powered by electricity and also demonstrated the car at an International Exhibition of Electricity in Paris.
1885/1886 Karl Friedich Benz (1844-1929)
  • Designed and invented the first petrol-powered and pioneering founder of the automobile manufacture, Mercedes-Benz.
  • Here by we call him “god father of automobile”.

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In conclusion, we will not have what we have today like world fastest car or world fastest production car without all great inventors who invented the first one.
Karl Benz on car


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