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Anonymous asked in EnvironmentAlternative Fuel Vehicles · 10 months ago

Why aren't there any steam cars made anymore?

Before someone says" inefficient" this is not so. And, bunker C fuel is cheaper than Gasoline.

Update:

Some used a long warm up double boiler like the Stanley., true; but the Doble flash steam system warmed up in 45 seconds.

Update 2:

Steamers did not "blow up" the Stanley did not, just leaked. Doble had no actual boiler to explode.

Update 3:

Again the Doble warmed up in 45 seconds. Read, Please.

Modern cars are So Complicated compared to the Model T that I think some steamers wouldnt be that much retooling..

Steamers were up to 85% efficient. Internal combustion, 35%;

Update 4:

This is an experiment for college mass media. class. 6 out of 7 don't seen to be able to read or research. the one answer even halfway thought out is dampened by, again, a lack of reading and research.

Many go by rumors spread in 19th'/early 20th century by gas engine conglomerates. .

Again; Steamers have been up to 85% efficient; Internal combustion average 35%.. Heat is wasted out tailpipe in an I/C, E/C Uses that heat..

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  • 7 months ago

    Mass transportation of fuel isn't easy with coal or wood.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Oil lobby, oil lobby

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    Because they were unsafe and a royal pain in the butt to run!

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Probably because there are no one noble enough left to possess such a carriage.

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  • Zheia
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    It's down to politics. The petroleum industry wouldn't like it.

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  • 10 months ago

    Because it is inconvenient to have to wait until the pressure builds up from turning water into steam. At the very least you would have a ten minute wait before you even went a block.

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  • 10 months ago

    No mass market for them. Electric vehicles are cheaper to operate then gasoline too, but they are having a hard time going mainstream.

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    • it is i
      Lv 5
      10 months agoReport

      ctric vehicle to drive 300 miles. All CO2 emissions of burning that gas to drive is 100% over what an electric vehicle would emit.

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  • 10 months ago

    And wood is cheaper still, but that doesn't mean that burning it on a large scale is a good idea.

    "Efficiency" is not just about money it's also about the amount of energy available versus the amount of waste products created.

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  • 10 months ago

    simply they are inconvenient compared to diesel etc, even electric cars got ousted by fuel guzzlers, oh yeah electric cars arent anything new

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    They could probably be safe NOW, but early steam cars had a tendency to blow up, which was not a good thing.

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    • Mark
      Lv 7
      10 months agoReport

      No, read up on it. And if you have a hard-on for "steam cars", why don't you start a company to make them? Oh right, because you're poor and are not an engineer.

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