Title: Technical options for energy conservation and controlling environmental impact in highway vehicles

Authors: C.A. Amann

Addresses: Research Fellow, General Motors Research Laboratories, 30500 Mound Road, Warren, MI 48090-9055, USA

Abstract: Manufacturers of light-duty highway vehicles are sometimes caught between the desire of the consumer for a reasonable-cast conveyance that is a pleasure to operate and the mandates of regulation seeking societal objectives of energy conservation and preservation of air quality. The prospects for improving conventional vehicles in these areas by the year 2000 are considered. Alternative engines and fuels are reviewed for the same time-frame. The status of the battery-electric vehicle is assessed. Shifting attention to the mid-2lst century, the possibility of global warming is chanelling thought toward non-fossil fuels, with hydrogen being added to the list of options.

Keywords: alternative fuels; alternative engines; CAFE; concept cars; diesel; electric vehicles; vehicle emissions; environmental impact; fuel economies; hydrogen; energy conservation; light-duty vehicles; global warming; vehicle design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1993.061825

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1993 Vol.14 No.1, pp.59 - 77

Published online: 28 May 2014 *

Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article