General Motors' Steam-Powered Passenger Cars - Emissions, Fuel Economy and Performance 700670

Two steam-powered passenger ears have been designed, built, and tested. The SE-101 is an intermediate sport coupe incorporating the comfort and convenience features of a modern passenger car and vehicle performance comparable to a low-powered automobile. The SE-124 is a very low-power intermediate sedan with manual start and semiautomatic control. The characteristics of these cars were evaluated relative to the operational requirements of current transportation needs, with particular emphasis on exhaust emissions. Start-up time, exhaust emissions, fuel economy, acceleration, and water consumption data are presented. Although any one of these characteristics may be improved at the expense of others, it does not appear that any compromise can satisfy all of the areas required by today's motorist.


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