For more about shielding from someone who has spent his career doing electromagnetic shielding, see Donald R. Also see the new Directory of EMP Protection and Solar Rooftop Products now under development by Don White.
A related popular myth is that there is a sharp and well-defined boundary between what is protected from EMP and what is not.
Remember that in a complete solar photovoltaic system, the inverters and battery chargers, as well as the solar panels, need to have proper shielding and transient protection. Thirty years ago, most of the cars used carburetors, and only a few people believed that electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a real threat.
So if you are one of those readers who wish to consider EMP-resistance as a factor in selecting a bug-out vehicle, then you should not miss this article. Considering this, I will take a poke at answering some questions about EMP and how it would affect automobiles, which were asked by our readers after our recent article that described some top picks for ideal bugout vehicles.
By the time you pile in what will surely be everything you own in this world, your spouse, your 2.4 kids, grandma and the golden retriever, you may be looking for ways to increase your vehicle’s carrying capacity. Features such as 4-wheel drive, a full size spare, plenty of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, lockers, extraction or trail gear, towing points, winch and off road lighting will come in handy post-EMP because roads will no longer be maintained, disabled vehicles and vehicles that have run out of fuel will litter the roadway.
An expensive custom vehicle might look cool online or be fun to daydream about, but after a HEMP, the first time it needs a part, you might wish you bought something a little more pedestrian (no pun intended). Some newer vehicles have in excess of 100 processors that run on miniscule amounts of power. For the best EMP-resistance, choose a vehicle with conductive metal body enclosing the engine and passenger compartment or cab over a vehicle with body panels made of fiberglass, plastic or any other non-conductive material. If your vehicle already has these features or you are already doing these things, then you are already part of the way there. No matter which automobile you choose, there is always more that can be done to minimize the effect of HEMP on the vehicle. Protect cable entry and exit points with surge suppression: This will need to be fast-clamping surge protection faster than one millisecond that will handle high voltages.


Keep spares of vulnerable parts you cannot replace in a Faraday cage: You may have a vehicle that is mostly good to go, but it still parts like a starter, alternator and voltage regulator that do not contain microelectronics, but could still conceivably be affected. Manual transmission: Some will surely disagree with me on this one, but they are easier to repair and make it possible to push start vehicles even if the battery is shot or missing. Ford, Chevy, Dodge, these older US-made trucks are very common and are great candidates for a low profile bug out vehicles that double as daily drivers. In truth, there are many vehicles that would serve the function of bug out vehicle admirably, but in the end, your choice will likely be determined largely by availability, opportunity and economics.
Similar to the prepper who is all guns and no groceries, every so often, I see someone who owns a car that is worth more than their home or someone who has invested a substantial portion of their net worth in a vehicle while living in an apartment.
Find a vehicle that will get you from point A to point B and make sure you have your food storage and other survival priorities in place. The 80s CUCV, chevies, can be found cheaper than military surplus in the "civie" models with the same diesel engine. I would imagine it would provide substantial protection as long as it was made of all metal, but it could have leaks. I'm aware that EFI was introduced in 1974-1975, but there are plenty of carbureted vehicles. As far as Conex containers as, I spent some time managing an ATF-approved explosives magazine built from one and some of my other EMP articles and comments detail the drawbacks and utility of shipping containers as protection from a HEMP.
The are some vehicles that you can buy as kits to build, but can have them delivered already built. Unfortunately, surplus vehicles scream "Survivalist!" but a CUCV could be made to look like you fixed up a pickup or Blazer. Without computers, there is only so much to “do it yourself” on newer vehicles so older vehicles have greater appeal.
Better still would be 2 or 3 less-expensive vehicles as opposed to a single vehicle that strains your financial resources. He would take multiple beat-up vehicles and turn them into fewer good ones … and have a bunch of spare parts left over.


They sense and control virtually every function of the vehicle and are very sensitive to EMP. There are many features to look for and modifications to make to both your vehicle and your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) regarding that vehicle. This will help the body conduct energy through the vehicle skin like the skin of a Faraday cage.
I do not believe that any other vehicle on this list has the volume of accessories and options available to customize it. You do not have to be a prepper to appreciate not having to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles and being able to park in the bike rack. The DMV is so full of them that back in California, I referred to them as the Motor Vehicle Dept.
Current thinking is that a geomagnetic EMP (CME or solar event) would not affect most vehicles as long as they are not connected to he grid or other long conductors, but it would affect the extraction, refinement and distribution of fossil fuels.
In tiny little no-budget sliver of EMP testing done on vehicles that is not classified, many minor glitches were reported.
Just do not allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that the vehicle skin is without holes that compromise its integrity. They are not so great for keeping a low profile, but they are the go to choice for many preppers looking for a vehicle with plenty of cargo space and can be had starting at under $10K. Invest in function as opposed to form when it comes to rolling stock, including bug out vehicles.
But the take away from this is to be sure to try to restart and fix you vehicle after an EMP and diagnose it if circumstances allow as opposed to assuming it's toast.
You could also have a rail or other vehicle built to specs or have a shop recondition a surplus CUCV or Deuce and a half (Reagan-era or pre-Reagan-era) that was built with the cold war in mind.



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