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Runs on Sun

August 31, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, August 31st. The 1950s may be recalled for many now-quaint things, but it was also a decade with antecedents for our current technological pursuits. On this date in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corporation demonstrated the world's first solar-powered car. This vehicle didn't take the world by storm because it was a model a mere 15 inches long. The first solar powered car that could actually be driven was unveiled in 1962; a 1912 Baker electric car was fitted with nearly 11,000 individual solar cells on the roof to power the vehicle. Now, more than 50 years on, a fully practical solar-powered car remains a goal, but manufacturing automobiles, mostly powered by internal combustion, is around an $80 billion a year business in the U.S. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at http://www.census.gov.

Sources:
Kane's Famous First Facts, 5457
http://www.energy-today.biz/history-reminder-first-solar-car
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS101&prodType=table NAICS 336111


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: July 29, 2014