Could your car be powered by a nuclear battery?

I know that that is a snap shot borrowed from back to the future and that technology like that is not going to come to this planet in a long, long time. But some do claim that they are going to make cars that run on nuclear batteries in the next couple of decades. Now I do not wish to question the merits of those who say so as I do not know about what work is going on in labs, but it seems unlikely at the moment. Even if it was possible, would we really want it?

nuclear batteries
nuclear batteries

But a new material scientists have developed might pave the way for nuclear-powered cars in the near future. The material takes nuclear decay and can convert it to electricity far more efficiently than ever before. Spacecraft have been using this type of “nuclear battery” for decades to propel them through space, but it’s never been effective enough for terrestrial use. Apparently more tests are needed, but the nano-tech based polymers could be adapted to be more energy efficient, enough so that they could drive a standard-sized American car.

The scientists say that they are still at least a decade out from utilizing the technology, but it’s entirely possible. I am not too sure how this is going to work, even if it is going to work at all. We are struggling to create safe Li-ion batteries and these people are talking about nuclear batteries. Even if they are produced, they might be the biggest moving hazard till date. I am not too sure I want this to progress a lot further anyway.


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