Originally Posted by RaBidRaBit
Doesn't seem so far fetched when you realize that your current automobile operates by using the explosive force of a detonated fuel, very similar to a pipe bomb except with better pipes that are designed to contain the pressure so as not to maim or kill all living things within the vicinity.
It does seen far fetch when you realize the failure rate of vehicles that are due to manufacturing errors on such large scales or current recalls. When you are dealing with the level of precision needed to create safety systems for such systems, you are not going to reach the correct demand to replace gasoline powered vehicles.
You can't, under any circumstance, manufacture a thorium based vehicle with the level of care we give gasoline powered vehicles. We just don't have enough qualified individuals to meet the needed demand. Let alone, considering the amount of Joe Blows that DIY or self-repair their cars, would you want someone fooling around with such in their back yard?
I'm not quite against it, but given the level of scale to make this practical and cost effective is going to be too large and sensitive to make it sensible. Unless we can develop proper management of such, it could work, but right now, not likely.
It looks like you are dealing with a miniature nuclear powered engine. We see similar concepts in subs or aircraft carriers, but on much larger scales. Typically, you have people who understand such systems operate such. Now although this is not going to be on the same scale, but you are looking at what is qualified to mingle with such systems.
Furthermore, you are now giving the public large quantities of thorium. You are also replacing gasoline vehicles, across the entire planet. Countries that don't have the standards of what we have here are not going to develop these vehicles to the level of care needed. For example, this would not work in countries that were in the state of what the USSR was before the 1990s.Edited by Domino - 8/15/11 at 3:55am