Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationOther - Cars & Transportation · 10 months ago

Why don't cars become powered with steam and air pressure?

The trains did it back in the 1800s why cannot cars today be steamed air powered? 

Update:

So cars would have a pressure cooker motor that runs it 

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago
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    Trains powered by steam  until well into the 1950's; in the US.  Other countries used them a lot longer. RC&BTNGRR still has one.

    I suspect oil companies are afraid of steamers  as they would not need  oil or gas . *  Can be run on waste  oil, waste vegetable oil, even coal dust or wood. They spread rumors of them  "blowing up" (Stanleys didn't, pressure test at 1200 PSI on secondary just Leaked. Dobles  had No boiler), or they wont pass smog. Possibly. The 1972  Minto  ran a roots blower as engine and used Freon instead of water.  I think it was too expensive to retool. Just like the Big  3 ruined Studebaker and Packard, i smell a conspiracy from oil co's...

    Source(s): * Stanleys needed a one gallon tank of preheat gas, no more.
  • zipper
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    A steam car you need to start the firer box about an hour before you need to leave to heat the water to make the steam so you can go. You can not just walk out and start a steam engine, you have to let it heat up and build pressure. And if the safety value jams shut the engine will blow and you would get a full hot steam bath, which ain't no fun! It is an over all safety issue, and a huge inconvenience as well.

  • F
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    Two hours before your journey, you have to light a fire and build up the steam pressure. You can't carry luggage because you need the space for fuel (coal) and the emissions are terrible.

    Am I selling it to you?

  • 10 months ago

    Air power is very inefficient. As the reservoir is used, pressure drops not only as air gets used, but pressure gets lowered by the reservoir freezing as air leaving it also removes heat the same way an air conditioner works. Steam engines are powerful, but they must have a huge water supply and heat source. Except for nuclear reactors, stream engines take a long time to build up steam to run on. We do that in nuclear submarines that need to stay on mission for months. A nuclear car would be too dangerous after a crash, of becoming a "dirty bomb".

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    If you google the history of cars, you'd know the answer. In the 1860's, there was such an automobile. It took 1/2 hour to build up steam. Then, you had to keep water on hand. A pressure cooker? BANG!!

  • 10 months ago

    Not practical........................

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    1. boilers tended to blow up

    2. you need to stop and refuel with wood or coal, environmentalists would freak out

    3. you need to stop and refill with water, just like old locomotives

    I don't know of any cars that were air powered.  India was talking about an air powered car but as far as I know, nothing really happened with it.

  • 10 months ago

    What the **** would be the point.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    my car is powered by steam like steam!

  • 10 months ago

    Steam automobiles were in production back when. It takes time to get the water to boil and pressure vessels (boilers) require inspection, more maintenance and greater care in operation. If one takes the time to find out why steam locomotives are not in use today it might provide insights into why cars are not using the technology. The reason railroads abandoned steam power is maintenance costs!

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    The first cars actually WERE steam powered.  Do you have a plan to HEAT the water to steam?  If you say "with petroleum", that's what we use for internal combustion, anyway.

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