Toyota says they want to all but eliminate gasoline-powered cars by the year 2050. They see electrification, brought about by hydrogen fuel cells in particular, as the way forward. Are gasolineā€™s days really numbered? Down the road, it eventually might be.

That will sadden fans of internal combustion like us, but I think we can also be somewhat optimistic about fuels of the future. Before we can do that, letā€™s look to the interesting power sources (and ideas for power sources) of the past.

Thatā€™s our question of the day: Whatā€™s the weirdest energy source for powering a car?

Take the 1958 Ford Nucleon, for example. It ran on atoms! Clean, pure, God-fearing atoms, to help us defeat the Communist scourge. Actually, it didnā€™t, although the sentiment was certainly there.

The Nucleon was merely a full-scale model, an idea of what a nuclear-powered car could be like if we got a reactor small enough. Needless to say, the idea never caught on. Iā€™ll chalk that up as a win for everyone, to be perfectly honest.

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What other crazy idea, put into practice or just a concept, sought to be alternative to gasoline?


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