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Where’s My Thorium-Powered Car?

Written by Gary North on October 21, 2013

They promised! This was published in August 2011.

A US company says it will have a nuclear-powered prototype vehicle on the road within two years.

Laser Power Systems from Connecticut is developing a method of propulsion that uses thorium to produce electricity to power a car engine.

Thorium is an element similar to uranium and because it is such a dense material it has the potential to produce massive amounts of heat.

According to Laser Power Systems CEO, Charles Stevens, just one gram of thorium produces more energy than 28,000 litres of petrol. Mr Stevens says just eight grams of thorium would be enough to power a vehicle for its entire life.

In an interview with Ward’s Auto, he explained small pieces of thorium were used to generate heat and were positioned to create a thorium laser. The lasers heat water to produce steam and power a series of mini-turbines.

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60 thoughts on “Where’s My Thorium-Powered Car?

  1. wow, I had mentioned to my wife several years ago that I did not understand why we didn't have nuclear powered cars…so…this is refreshing…

  2. Tommy Thompson says:

    The problem is the weight of material needed to shield the radiation and the fact that some person will inevitably try to repair the core and kill themself. Is it possible, yes but in this no risk culture I do no see it happening.

  3. Though this sounds tempting it would not be a good idea. We already have unmentioned problems with the nuclear waste dump sites and a nuclear-powered car would only compound the problem.

    I might suggest "hydrogen on demand" for a power source for automobiles. We have the technology, it is safer, the exhaust is water, no pollution or hydrocarbons launched into the air and emits no harmful radiation when involved in an accident.

  4. Yeah? And where are you going to get the power to produce the hydrogen? It takes more energy to break water into H2 than you get from burning it back into water. At best, hydrogen is an energy storage/transfer medium…. unless you can fuse it.

  5. The Laser Power Systems automobile project may be bogus. See http://granades.com/2011/09/16/in-which-i-use-sci

  6. Water vapor? Imagine millions of vehicles pumping out water vapor in major cities on a hot and already humid day! Or on a well below freezing day! Whatever comes out of our tailpipes is going to affect the environment one way or another and 100 million +/- vehicles putting out water vapor is bound to have an effect on the environment – more rain? More snow? More ??? It's not so much what we put into our environment, but how many of us are doing the putting!

  7. "Atomic-powered" cars were featured as the car of the future in the early 1950's in Popular Science. The idea was considered so feasible that Alice M. Norton, aka Andre Norton, included them in a scie-fi novel about a post-atomic war earth. Unfortunately, by the time the novel got to press, the full implicatons of the new Hydrogen bomb became public knowledge, and all her readers knew that even if these cars were built, no one would survive to be driving them (fueless, of course) 100 years later.

    The optimism of the Eisenhower administration knew no bounds. The 1962 World Book Encyclopedia still contained diagrams of an "atomic powered" airplane — with thick, thick lead shielding between the reactor and the crew, but a paper thin aluminum fuselage to protect teh ground crew.

    If such cars are ever built, each member of Congress and the Obama administration will have the governmen provide them with one (at the cost of a couple of trillion in deficits,) so that after the final economic crash, each will still be able to get around the country to make speeches blaming W. for it at the local Grange Hall meetings.

  8. Dr. North – this car will not work. It's a hoax.

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