Tuesday marked Ottawa Ontario Canada’ s second day of a heat wave anticipated to last until today (Friday July 9).
The mercury hit 95 degrees, smashing the previous record set in 1946. Add in the humidity, and it felt like 115!
As we travelled back and forth to work in our air-conditioned car, I wondered who was the first auto manufacturer to make this wonderful invention generally available to their buyers.
So here is the result of my research!
In 1939, it was Packard that introduced the first automobile air conditioner, a rather awkward affair with no independent shut-off mechanism.
To turn it off, the driver had to stop the car and the engine, open the hood, and disconnect a belt connected to the air conditioning compressor.
Mechanical engineers weren’t long in introducing needed improvements, ultimately making air conditioning on wheels so common that today, even convertibles have it!