An EMP attack is widely believed to be one of the most devastating attacks that society can suffer because it will kill any and all electronics unless they are specially protected against in EMP attack by use of a Faraday cage or being extremely lucky that your electronics were somehow protected.
Considering a vehicle without any electronic components is something many preppers consider, since they are not vulnerable to an EMP attack that would disable all the computer systems on modern vehicles today. This would generally mean your vehicle would be dead as soon as an EMP goes off.
Vehicles that have no electronic components are typically older vehicles, particularly those built before the 1980s. These vehicles rely on mechanical systems and have few or no electronic components that can be damaged by an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Here are some examples of older vehicles that may be less vulnerable to EMPs:
- Classic cars: Many classic cars were built before the widespread use of electronic components and may be less vulnerable to EMPs. Examples include cars from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Chevrolet Bel Air, Ford Thunderbird, and Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
- Vintage trucks: Older trucks, particularly those built for rugged use such as military or farm trucks, may have fewer electronic components and be less vulnerable to EMPs. Examples include the Dodge Power Wagon, the International Harvester Scout, and the Jeep Willys (what you are probably familiar with as “old army jeep” as seen on shows like M*A*S*H.
- Motorcycles: Many older motorcycles, particularly those built before the 1980s, have fewer electronic components and may be less vulnerable to EMPs. Examples include classic bikes such as the Honda CB750, the BMW R75, and the Harley-Davidson Panhead.
It is important to note that while these older vehicles may be less vulnerable to EMPs, they may also have other vulnerabilities and limitations, such as lower fuel efficiency, limited safety features, and difficulty finding replacement parts. If you are a mechanic, this might not be as big of a deal, but if not, this can limit your vehicle to only working until something is irreparable to your skills.
It is also smart to research common failure points of your chosen vehicle and get extra parts to cover those failure points, so your vehicle can be up and running again if your vehicle breaks down for one of these reasons.
Additionally, older vehicles may not meet modern emissions standards and may be subject to more stringent regulations, if you are planning to use it as an everyday or even occasional vehicle on the road today.. It is important to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing a vehicle for emergency preparedness.