Thirty years ago, most of the cars used carburetors, and only a few people believed that electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a real threat. Nowadays, even NASA admits that EMP is one of those events we could not recover from: it would stop all infrastructures that sustain modern society which rely so much on electronics. 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.
A large and strong enough EMP could stop the extraction, refinement, distribution and sale of fossil fuels. 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. 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. Park in an EMP-protected garage: I described how to build such a structure in the article How To Turn Your Q-Hut Into an EMP-shielded Home. 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.
They are short on carrying capacity, but can sometimes fit in small planes when disassembled. I have been grateful for them on trips that I have used them and it is plain to see why they figured so prominently into life until the advent of the automobile and how they will again if we lose are large electrical transformers due to EMP or any other reason. Motopeds and bicycles are quiet and can be carried on the outside or on top of your rig as backup transport. 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. 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.
Modern cars and trucks are highly dependent on an array of computers, control modules, and other electronics. Computerization has led to benefits like increased fuel efficiency, but it has also created a massive vulnerability in our transportation system – the lack of EMP proof vehicles.
In the event of a large-scale EMP attack, it’s highly likely that the roads will be clogged with broken down vehicles. EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse, and in terms of SHTF scenarios this type of attack is one of the most frightening. In the best case scenario, these components will be temporarily shorted out by an EMP attack. When it comes to bug out vehicles that are resistant to EMP attacks, old is better than new.
Engine, transmission, and body control modules are all vulnerable to EMP attacks, but many other components also use solid state electronics. If you can find a bug out vehicle that was built during the 1960s or early 1970s, the alternator will typically be less vulnerable to EMP attacks. It is highly recommended that you seek advice from a professional for serious financial matters.
No communication, to transportation, and no escape with your fancy new car out of the crowded urban jungle.
And I am not a mechanic or car salesman by trade, but I do have a solid background in technology and understanding of EMP as well what most people would term as vast experience as a self-reliant consumer. They sense and control virtually every function of the vehicle and are very sensitive to EMP. Sure, car manufacturers take reasonable precautions to shield them, but not against such great field strengths or over the entire frequency range EMP covers. If you can find a 4×4 with the solid front axle and a carbureted 22R motor, you have a good starting point. Space is limited on boats and must be carefully planned out, but many vessels have miniature versions of all the comforts of home.


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. My friend had to drive from San Fernando to Wallace Island (Northern Philippines) right past a Voice of America station that was transmitting stuff across the South China Sea. In tiny little no-budget sliver of EMP testing done on vehicles that is not classified, many minor glitches were reported. If you want to circumvent that issue, you need to make sure that your family owns one of those rare EMP proof vehicles that will survive an electromagnetic pulse attack. Heavier exposure to an EMP will fry the components altogether, which will leave many vehicles unable to run. Diesel vehicles can run on a wider range of fuels, but gasoline may be easier to find and siphon from broken down cars and trucks.
If your vehicle fails to start after an EMP attack, you can simply swap out the control modules and other electronics. As previously stated, there is no one standard followed by manufacturers even for EMP shielding. 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. Cache is a volunteer emergency responder in a small town without any paid services and holds numerous instructor and student certifications in everything from emergency management to less-lethal munitions and high explosive breaching.
The exact price of EMP proof vehicles will depend on the model you choose, the condition it’s in, and where you live, but there are a lot of older cars and trucks out there that are priced to sell.
It’s also a good idea to drain the fuel tank or add a stabilizer, because varnished gas can clog up a carburetor. 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 should also consider purchasing a carburetor rebuild kit, points for your distributor, and other small components that can wear out over time.



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