Changes in technology and in the availability of certain fossil fuels is likely to lead to the substitution of new power units and fuels for the existing conventional internal combustion engine. Methyl alcohol (Methanol) has significant potential since it can be manufactured in large quantities from a variety of raw materials or many types of vegetable matter. It is argued that pollution controls at present being considered should encourage engine re-design. For the short term, designs such as reciprocating piston types, rotary combustion units, electric traction and external combustion engines are discussed in terms of development problems and their practical advantages. Longer term possibilities are briefly examined and the author thinks that electric vehicles are likely to increase significantly.

  • Authors:
    • Baker, A
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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  • Accession Number: 00260264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1974 12:00AM