What about steam powered cars?

"In recent years, these advances have coalesced into some exciting developments. In 2009, a British team set a new steam-powered land speed record of 148 mph, finally breaking the Stanley Rocket’s record which had stood for more than 100 years. In the 1990s, a Volkswagen R&D spin-off called Enginion claimed it had built a steam engine that had comparable efficiency to ICEs, but with lower emissions. In recent years, Cyclone Technologies claims it has developed a steam engine that’s twice as efficient as an ICE. As of today, though, neither engine has found its way into a commercial vehicle.

Moving forward, it’s unlikely that steam cars will ever unseat the internal combustion engine, if only because of the massive momentum of Big Oil. One day, though, when we finally decide to take a serious look at the future of personal transportation, maybe the quiet, green, gliding grace of steam power will get a second chance."===http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/14841...c-comeback

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