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Jul 17, 2013



Several car manufacturers designed atomic powered cars in the 1950's during the height of the atomic age, when the promises were all about how nuclear power would make energy too cheap to meter, and too clean to measure.

Ford designed in 1958-58 nuclear powered car called the Ford Nucleon.



The reality of nuclear power turned out to be quite different. What happens if a nuclear powered car crashes, as they often do? What would a town do with a nuclear reactor melt down due to car crashes in the middle of the city? 

Another problem would be how to shield the driver and passengers, much less people standing around the car when it is parked, from the high intensity radiation coming from the reactor core? 




The aircraft industry and military faced this same problem when designing a nuclear powered aircraft. The radiation shielding issue alone was a huge problem, and it was never solved.


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