From the Model T to Hybrids - History of the Auto

The invention and increased use of the automobile has been one of the biggest events in history. Prior to the auto, people needed to rely on horses or trains to travel to other areas. However, horses only had a limited distance you can safely travel before the horse became tired or was injured. Trains could travel great distances and at a good pace, but where you wanted to go was at the mercy of the rails and the railroad company schedule. The invention and rapid expansion in usage quickly allowed people the opportunity to go where they want and when they want.

In the late 1800's the first gas powered automobile was invented by Germans Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Inventors continued to take these initial ideas and worked to improve them. In the early 1900's Ransom Olds became the first American to produce larger quantities to sell to the public. And, in 1908, Henry Ford had the idea to mass produce his Model T through the use of an assembly line. Ford's assembly line revolutionized the auto industry and as a result, cars were produced faster and at a more affordable cost. The result was that more people were able to afford this new mode of transportation and more people were able to use the auto to explore the country.

Since the creativity of Henry Ford changed the world of transportation, we have enjoyed many different advancements in the auto industry. The way cars look and drive has changed substantially over the years. Cars have become more comfortable to drive as well as various safety advances has made it one of the safest methods of transportation.

In recent years, autos have continued to improve and become more fuel efficient. Gone are the days were huge, heavy cars got low gas mileage. Cars are now being built of lighter, but sturdy, materials and engineers have made the engines have the ability to run more efficiently. Additionally, car manufacturers have made today's cars more environmentally friendly with the introduction of vehicles that are not reliant on gasoline. These hybrid vehicles now can run on other methods of power such as electricity or solar.

To learn more about the fascinating history of the automobile, please feel free to review the following historical information.

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