Steam Automobile

Steam Automobile

 

an automobile powered by steam. The first automobiles were steam-powered. Beginning in the late 1700’s, some attempts were made to design a satisfactory steam automobile; the automobile was kept from widespread use, however, by the unwieldiness and weight of the steam power plant and difficulties connected with the power plant’s operation. New attempts have been made in the mid-20th century to design an efficient steam automobile because of the automobile’s advantages: high specific capacity of the engine, high torque, low noise, long engine life, inexpensive fuel, and low content of harmful substances in combustion products.

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Members of the Steam Automobile Club of America (SACA) have addressed that issue indirectly while designing modern steam-powered automobiles.
Tom Kimmel, president, Steam Automobile Club of America, P.
In his middle chapters McShane describes the failure of the steam automobile and the rise of the internal combustion automobile.
Consider the paragraph that begins by stating that "public suppression" more than "mechanical inefficiency" explains the failure of the steam automobile, then points out that cities eventually allowed both internal combustion and steam automobiles, and concludes that steam car makers failed "because they chose an inferior technology" (p.
got its start by manufacturing a steam car, the Bryan steam automobile.