The unique truck we gonna tell you about appeared in 1949. People still remembered about severe war time when freighters had to perform their tasks with a shortage of liquid fuel – gasoline. Partially the problem was solved by gas-producer vehicles – heavy and demanding – they allowed to get gas for powering engines. However such vehicles were not efficient enough and engineers thought about steamers which were used widely abroad in the 1920-40s.
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If you look at the comments in their own article, the North Korean military have vehichles that run off of wood and steam and the Germans also had steam technology for cars.
This article is inaccurate in these regards because it is written in Russian and therefore biased or because the writer hasn’t been outside of his country…
"The American Steam Car was a product of the American Steam Automobile Co, West Newton, Massachusetts, from 1924 to 1942. It was built by Thomas S. Derr, a former faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
"Derr specialized in servicing, modifications and improvements of Stanley steam cars. He went on to develop his own engine and boiler and offered for sale a number of cars as models of the American Steam Car, catering largely to former Stanley Steamer owners. The cars were largely conversions, the chassis, bodies, and basic components were from Hudson cars, but the hubcaps and condenser emblem bore the American name."