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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31: RUNNING IN THE SUNProfile America — Saturday, August 31st. The 1950s may be recalled for many now-quaint things, Elvis, Sputnik, hula hoops, the Mickey Mouse Club, and so on. 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 motor vehicles, mostly powered by internal combustion, is a
$258 billion a year business in the U.S.
Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 5457
www.energy-today.biz/history-reminder-first-solar-car2007 Economic Census, NAICS 336111
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau