Originally Posted by kzinti1
How would you suggest the power plants be powered to produce the electricity to run an electric car? Solar power won't cut it ....
I hope you realize that this "thorium car" is just an electric car with electric generator instead of electric batteries. If "thorium cars" will succeed, then electric cars must also succeed .... unless someone intends to use a steam engine (or something like that) to drive the wheels. Thorium car would have a very long range and not need daily battery recharging. Other than that, I see no benefit to thorium cars, over electric-battery cars.
Where will they get energy for electric cars? Hmm. I don't know. Maybe thorium nuclear-electric power plants? Same reactor as this car will have, except much larger and more powerful, and hopefully very safe.
As several people here already pointed out, thorium reactors are much less harmful than uranium or plutonium reactors. I am no nuclear scientist. Based on what I read, thorium appears safe enough to be used in power plants in remote locations, but, in my opinion, maybe not safe enough for use on public roads.
Even if a thorium reactor (in a remote location) melts down and explodes, the particles which are released appear to be much less harmful than most current nuclear reactors. Again, I'm not a nuclear scientist. I could be wrong about this.
In regards to powering electric-battery vehicles with solar energy, (believe it or not), it's already being done. This man says his electric bill is now zero with Chevy Volt + Nissan leaf + home solar-electric system (no batteries).
edit: story says he pays $13/month electric transmission fee + sometimes fuel for the chevy volt
The beauty of electric-battery cars is that almost any fuel can be used to generate electricity. Instead of designing a new car engine, for each fuel type, let's make most cars electric and focus attention on producing efficienct, clean stationary electrical power plants such as solar,wind,nuclear,bio-fuel, whatever.Edited by Partol - 8/13/11 at 10:19am