The first self-propelled car was invented by Nicolas Cugnot in 1769. It was designed with three wheels and an engine in the front along with the boiler. The car was able to run at a speed of 6 km/h. The first self-propelled car was first used by French Army to move cannons.
In the late 18th century, Issac de Rivaz designed several successful steam-powered cars. Then in 1807 he designed the internal combustion engine that used a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen to generate power. He then developed a car using this engine.