A vehicle is a machine to move people and things. A vehicle is not alive. A horse can move people and things, but it is an animal, not a machine or a vehicle.The word vehicle is borrowed from French and Latin. French véhicule, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin vehiculum "medium, agent of transmission," going back to Latin, "wheeled vehicle, means of transport," from vehere "to carry, convey.
Types of vehicles
Land vehicles[change | change source]
Land vehicles that are powered by an engine or motor are called motor vehicles.
Water vehicles[change | change source]
Air and space vehicles[change | change source]
Power[change | change source]
Vehicles can be propelled by various sources of energy.
- Human muscles. Examples are bicycles and skateboards.
- Engines. Examples are automobiles, ships, and aeroplanes.
- Electricity. Examples are many passenger trains.
- Animals. Examples are carts and chariots.
- Wind. Examples are sailboats and iceboats.
- Some vehicles have no propulsion power. Examples are gliders and balloons.