What Year Was the Car Invented?


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The first car was a self-propelled military tractor invented by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot in 1769. Built at the Paris Arsenal, the tractor was powered using a steam engine. It was able to move at a speed of 2.5 miles per hour.

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As a military vehicle, Cugnot's invention was used primarily to haul artillery. The design featured a separate steam engine and boiler that was placed at the front of the vehicle, which traveled on three wheels. Due to the limitations of the engine, the vehicle was able to travel only for 10 to 15 minutes before having to stop to build up power.

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