16 Soviet Steam Car Powered With Wood: The First And The Last

Soviet Steam Car Powered With Wood: The First And The Last

Posted on April 14, 2013 by team

General view of the steamer.

To drive such a vehicle one had to be specially trained. All the machenism was very complicated.

In some areas 40-60% of all trucks were powered by gas producers. It was not easy to deliver oil from remote Baku somewhere to Siberia, you know.

After the war the insitute started to design a steam car which was powered by fine coal (with help of a fireman). The coal consumption was enormous – 152 kg for each 100 km. Despite this fact, the use of the car turned to andvantage. Gasoline was much more expensive than coal.


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16 Responses to “Soviet Steam Car Powered With Wood: The First And The Last”

  1. OldBikr says:

    I imagine that the use of pelleted wood and a small computer to control the boiler would add to the efficiency of the set up. With wood pellets the fuel could be stored outside the cab and conveyed to the boiler at need, thus reducing the front-end weight somewhat.

    Wood pellets could be made from ground up leaves and branches that cities already need to handle as waste anyway. Even paper and cardboard could be pelleted for use too.

    • CZenda says:

      Not sure about paper and cardboard these days. It contains too much chalk or whatever. If burnt in a stove, it leaves too much ashes.

  2. Tony Boney says:

    Very interesting; however it’s just another wasteful and inefficient product of the Soviet Union.

  3. D says:

    that’s awesome because I bet on a cold winter day that cabin will be nice and toasty hot.
    Reminds me of sleeping on the ol’ stove while at the farm.

  4. 1934NFA says:

    Great article,thanks.

  5. bobs says:

    wish some of these were still around to study.

  6. kyle says:

    Poorly written and research information. This technology is quite common and still used across the world from Norway to the United States. Research it online to see actual information. They use this technology for equipment also.

  7. Jim-Bob says:

    Well, I’m glad I am not the only one to wonder if this is possible. Then again, driving on wood is far from a dead technology. A man in the US south named Wayne Kieth has been perfecting gassification for use in IC engines for a number of years.

  8. Seb says:


    xood powered vehicules existed far before…

  9. komar says:

    here in central europe we have actualy a big fan community for cars and motorcyclist they drive every day.

  10. bentos says:

    This idea about a steam powered truck is very sound.This project ofcourse done in 1949-53 is outdated but the example is great.As gas and diesel get scarce and very expensive to buy or made,other types of fuel should be considered.If this project was pulled from the files and better equipment is applied,it could be the answer.Ofcourse it would take not only money,time,and manpower but surpport from the state(the people) and/or the gov’t.I’m sure it be much lighter but still would need to be cost-effective and reliable in our soceity.When we start getting desperate enough,this will come to light :)

  11. orthihin says:

    this is old car bt so strong then any car now a days.its normaly used in america.its made with strong wood.

  12. orthohin says:

    helpfull article.europe have a great community for car.thnks for shering

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