About Henry Ford, the inventer of the car.1.What inspired him to start his car invention? 2.Is his car invention environmental friendly? 3.Did his invention excel in the future and why? 4.Why...

About Henry Ford, the inventer of the car.

1.What inspired him to start his car invention?

2.Is his car invention environmental friendly?

3.Did his invention excel in the future and why?

4.Why did he think people would make use of his invention?

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1.  His early career as an engineer working with steam engines gave him a great deal of expertise working with engines and a passion for racing and automobiles (still very exotic at the time) led him to his interest in building a car.

2.  There are a variety of ways to answer the question of whether they are friendly.  Some would argue that it was environmentally friendly as it solved the problem of horse manure in city streets.  But most would likely argue that it isn't as its primary mode of power comes from burning fossil fuels (though there was a switch on early models to allow them to be powered by alcohol that some could argue should never have been discontinued) so the emissions and carbon dioxide released make the fundamentally not evironmentally friendly.

3.  Again many would argue that his invention flourished and succeeeded.  Look around you.  A possible argument against this would be the relatively slow pace of innovation and improvement since he brought about a rather substantial change in the car market.  Average mileage has only increased by around three to four miles per gallon since the 1930s...  Of course horsepower, reliability, other things have increased.  But so have the costs of cars.  So you could go either way on this one.

4.  He knew that people would enjoy the perceived freedom of being able to get places more quickly and more comfortably than on horseback or on foot, and he also knew that particularly at the time the idea of owning an automobile was still exotic enough that the low price cars he offered would be absolutely devoured by the public and he was correct.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Henry Ford did many experiments on internal combustion engines. In 1896 he completed his own self propelled vehicle which he called the quadricycle. He was not the first to built a gas engine. He had a great deal of passion for what he did and this is what inspired him to start building cars.

2. Just like today, his cars ran on gasoline which is is not environmentally friendly. Gas was not as refined as well as it is today so this is something else to consider.

3. Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908. This revolutionized the world and personal transportation was now a reality. His cars were a success. It made life much easier for people who were able to purchase one of these cars.

4. He thought people would use his cars for a few reasons. They were reasonably priced and easy to operate and maintain. They made life much easier for the everyday individual.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Please note that Henry Ford did not invent the car at all.  He is famous because he was the first to figure out how to manufacture a car that could be mass produced and sold for a relatively low price.

So #1 cannot be answered.

With the number of cars that are around today, cars are very unfriendly to the environment.  This is especially true because they require so much fossil fuel to run.

His invention did certainly excel in the future. Cars are everywhere and they are all produced using the techniques that Ford pioneered.

mkcapen1 | Student

1.  Henry Ford wanted to produce a vehicle that the average person could drive.  He had learned about engines at the company where he worked.  He created the horseless carriage in order to be able to get funds for the design and process of developing family cars, the Model T.

2.  Ford's first cars were far from environmentally friendly.  The cars gave off quite a bit of gas fumes.  In addition, his industrialization of the auto made it available to many people.  Thereby, air pollution from cars began to fill the atmosphere.

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