Towards Sustainable Road Transport

Increasing pressure on global reserves of petroleum at a time of growing demand for personal transport in developing countries, together with environmental concerns, are leading to a requirement for more sustainable forms of road transport. Major improvements in the efficiency of all types of road vehicles are called for, along with the use of fuels derived from alternative sources, or entirely new fuels.

Towards Sustainable Road Transport describes the evolution of vehicle designs and propulsion technologies over the past two centuries, before looking forward to possible new forms of energy to substitute for petroleum. It also discusses the political and socio-economic drivers for change, investigates barriers to their broad implementation, and outlines the state-of-the-art of candidate power sources, advanced vehicle design, and associated infrastructure.

Written by an expert author team, Towards Sustainable Road Transport provides readers with a clear understanding of the progress in this field and its challenges.

Main topics covered are:

  • Drivers of technological change in road transport and infrastructure
  • Alternative fuels for internal combustion engines and fuel conversion technologies
  • Current and emerging options for vehicle propulsion
  • Analysis of vehicle design requirements, primary power source efficiency, and energy storage systems
Published:
  • 2014-06-11
Specs:
  • Published by Elsevier with a Product Code of B-ELS-081, ISBN of 9780124046917, and 368 pages. Table of Contents
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