It’s become increasingly clear that our modern day propulsion systems aren’t really needed anymore. New technologies are waiting to be unleashed, technologies that are much more efficient and harmonious with the planet. When it comes to efficiency, thorium seems to be one at the top of the list.
As far as fueling a car goes, it could run for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel. A company called Laser Power Systems has been working on creating an emissions free turbine/electric generator powered by nuclear thorium lasers. Charles Stevens, CEO and chairman of the Connecticut-based company claims that one gram of thorium yields the energy of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. The energy is harnessed by heating the thorium with an external source, which then becomes so dense that its molecules emit heat.
Multiple countries and military agencies have experimented with Thorium as a fuel source for a number of years.
If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it. The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The fuel would in fact out live you.
Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive chemical element, and is most popular for its potential to replace current nuclear energy generation by implementing reactors powered by thorium, which would be an alternative to uranium. It’s definitely a much safer fuel for civilian power plants than uranium.