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Vehicles are devices that are designed or used to transport people or cargo from one point to another. Vehicles span a variety of categories, including cars, trucks, airplanes, and trains.

They are generally run on electric engines drawing power from on-board batteries or nuclear powered with a small reactor to the rear of the vehicle, but vehicles running on petrol also exist. The super mutant army is also said to have used some "steam-powered trucks".[1] There are numerous wrecked vehicles in the Fallout world, but functioning vehicles are now extremely rare. Also, some vehicles can explode in a small mushroom cloud and release radiation when shot at; this can make them dangerous to take cover behind unless the vehicle has already been destroyed or won't blow up.


The Great War was fought mainly for resources. The last resources remaining were most likely untouched and the tools and machinery used for to attain them were lost. Without tools resources could not be mined, vehicles could not be driven any longer. After the war, a lot of human knowledge was lost. People forgot how to tend to the high tech pre-War vehicles with their complicated electrical, oil or nuclear motors. Most books were damaged beyond all legibility by the war and many computers were destroyed due to years of neglect, and with them the documentation for these pre-War vehicles was lost. This combined with the lack of large scale primary and secondary industry meant most vehicle production/repair was largely impossible. Perhaps most significantly, few roads are in a fit state to drive on anyway. So most groups stick with pack brahmin for their transport needs.

This does not mean that there are no old vehicles that have been kept functional or that someone out in the wastes could not have invented and adapted their own vehicles, but such instances are extremely rare outside of technologically advanced groups (i.e. groups that have overcome the struggle for basic survival and can put resources towards researching old/new technologies). Prime examples are the New California Republic, who, by 2281, have several United States military trucks repaired and in working order at Camp McCarran. At least one Vertibird VTOL aircraft is also in NCR hands, as well as several fixed-wing aircraft, although it is unknown if these craft are in any working order. Another example is the Enclave, who are seen to have a large fleet of Vertibirds in their possession. The Chosen One and other individuals throughout New California can drive Highwaymans, Omnis, and Impalas. The East Coast Brotherhood of Steel have acquired a large fleet of Vertibirds as a result of their war with the Enclave.

Behind the scenesEdit

A nuclear-powered car was designed in the 1950s, called the Ford Nucleon, but never made it into the prototype phase.[2]


  1. GHREFUGE.MSG:"The super mutants attacked. We were slaughtered. They had guns and bombs, even some steam trucks. They killed my friends. The mutants just butchered us."
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