Laser Power Systems, a company based in the Connecticut, is in the process of developing an automotive propulsion system using thorium to produce electricity, forever replacing fossil fuels as our means of transportation.
Thorium is an element similar to uranium. It is a very dense material that can produce tremendous amounts of energy.
According to the CEO of Laser Power Systems, Charles Stevens, one gram of thorium could replace 28,000 liters of gasoline. 8 grams if the element would produce enough energy to power the vehicle for its entire life.
In an interview with Ward’s Auto, Stevens explained that smaller portions of thorium have, in the past, been used to generate heat, which produces stream and powers “mini-turbines.” The same system would be at work inside of the thorium car.
Stevens and 40 of his employees have set to work trying to answer the question of, “how do you take the laser and put these things together efficiently?”
For them, it’s a question of when, not if, they can successfully produce their prototype. I know I personally am ready for the thorium car of the future!