When was the first car invented? Well, the automobile history dates back to 1769 when a steam engine was invented for the the transport of human at low speed. In 1885 the first automobile was invented, which ran on petrol and gas. This was the first automobile invented we can say, which was power enough to carry persons to medium-long distances at a reasonable fast speed.  Then at the start of the 21st century cars powered by electric power appeared.

The Early Cars and the Inventors

Karl Benz from Germany invented various car technologies. See photo of Karl at right. He is also regarded as the main inventor of the modern cars. He also received a German patent in 1886. the 4 stroke internal combustion engine that ran on petrol, and that was advanced was a creation of a German inventor Nikolaus Otto. A similar 4 stroke diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel. The hydrogen fuel cell (a replacement for gasoline) was discovered by a German Christian Frierich in 1838.  Anyos Jedlik of Hungry invented battery electric cars and Gaston Plante invented lead-acid battery for cars in 1859.

In 1838, electric powered cars that can attain 4 miles / hour speed started to appear. Then between 1832 and 1839, first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable cells was built by a Scottish Robert Anderson. Charles Edgar and his brother Frank, around 1893 created a first successful gas powered car with 4hp and 2 stroke motor. These brother set up first American automobile manufacturing company.

This was the history of automobile. That was interesting to learn, isn't it?

Components of Solar Car

A solar car consists of many different types of components that are used in any typical car. However, solar cars also have other components that are only used in solar cars. These components are described below.

Battery

The battery in the solar car is the main source of energy to pull the car. The battery has enough energy to drive the car as far as 500 kms (250 miles). The battery has a life of 10 to 15 years compared to 2 to 3 years of a typical car battery

Motor

Typical solar car motors are strong enough to attain the speed of 160 kms/h (100 miles/h). If the car uses AC motor, it will be a 240V battery and it a DC motor is used, it will run from 96 to 192 volts

Solar Panel

Solar panel is responsible for converting sun energy to electricity. Solar panels come in many different shapes, sizes and specifications.

Other Components

Like any other car, solar cars also have brakes, tires, steering, and suspension system. However, these components are specially made to be used by the solar cars, as they need to be lighter in weight and durable at the same time.

These are the components of solar car. Also read: Pros and Cons of Solar Powered Cars, Solar Cars Information

There are many interesting facts associated with Concorde. These can be read on this page. Here, find about the places where the retired Concorde planes are parked and where you can go to see them or even go inside them.

UK

  • Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
  • Manchester Airport, England, UK
  • Museum of Flight, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
  • Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK
  • Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, England, UK

France

  • Airbus Factory, Toulouse, France
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
  • The Museum of Air and Space, Le Bourget, France

Barbados

  • Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

USA

  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, USA
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia USA

Germany

  • Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, Germany

These are the locations of Concorde planes. You must visit one of the places and see the magnificent plane with your eyes.

Any object will float on water if its gravitational force (downward force) is less than the upward force. The upward force is caused by the amount of water under the object. More there will be water under the object the better the object will float and will not drown.

Since a boat has an expanded size, its downward force is spread over a large area of water, and the water below is enough to give the upward force to keep the boat on the water surface. This explains why a huge boat will not drown whereas a small stone will drown.  Furthermore, boats are designed specially in such a way that they would displace enough water to ensure they will float easily.   

When weight is put on a boat, it is also spread in the boat, also on the water surface. If the weight did not spread, the boat will sink. Hence, boats are not only designed in such a way that these are expanded, these are only designed in such a way that when weight is put on them, it is spread across their body.

This concept that when the upward force is higher than the downward force is called Buoyancy.

You have heard about Concorde, you know it was the fastest airplane that was ever made. Read here 15 very interesting facts about Concorde that you might have never heard before.

  • The flying speed of Concorde was too fast that it created so loud noise, which could sound like a bang or strong thunder. This often led to many people complaining, and resultantly Concorde had to change its many of the routes, or fly slower over some of the places. 

  • Many countries disliked Concorde due to the noise it made. There was actually an anti-Concorde project. This resulted in its flying over many areas including many places in the US. The opposition was so strong that there was even a case in the US Supreme court against it

  • A flight from London to New York would complete only in 3.5 hours in a Concorde.

  • The top speed of Concord was 1491 mph (2400 kmh)

  • Concorde could fly even faster. Its max speed was limited not due its power but by the heat it generated at high speeds, which could make the aluminum body of the plane softer.

  • Flight from London to New York in the Concorde costed around 1000 UK Pounds, in 1980s.

  • Concorde was the first aircraft to fly round the earth, and it covered 28000 miles, just in 30 hours.

  • Concorde flew at 60,000 height, which is about 20,000 more than a traditional airplane flies at.

  • Concorde made about 50,000 flights.

  • If we try to find out cost of a Concorde, by considering today's dollar rate, a Concorde will have a price of 200 million US$

  • The nose of Concorde could move up and down, so that the pilots could see easily during take-off and landing.

  • There was a concord (agreement) between France and UK governments to build this plane. From this concord, the name of the plane was derived. Initially, the plane was named 'Concord'. Later the British government added 'e' to it, saying that 'e' would stand for 'excellence', 'England', 'Entente Cordial' and 'Europe'

  • Concorde's first flight was on 2 March 1969 and last flight was on 24 October 2003.

  • Concorde can still be seen at many museums and other places in the world. For the list of places where Concorde can be seen, see this page.

  • It is in the news that Concorde will back again in the air by 2019

These were top Concorde Facts. Hope you enjoyed reading them!

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