The purpose of this paper is to discuss the probable future availability of fuels and, in so doing, suggest appropriate roles for electric vehicles of different types. Key factors in understanding the future of vehicle development are the needs of the user, the energy resource base and possible developments in prime movers. These elements will be used as the basis of the assessments which are made. For an industry which is as international as the automobile industry, one cannot confine the discussion to the borders of a particular country. Thus, in the writer's opinion, the approach of Chapman et al in considering the needs of Britain to be self-sufficient in energy were an irrational constraint on the discussion. Vehicles of a particular type will only be made in economic quantities if they are of more than parochial interest and similarly their re-fuelling must ideally be something which can be carried out in most countries.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the International Conference on Future Energy Concepts, London, England, January 30-February 1, 1979.
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    Institution of Electrical Engineers

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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 438-441
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  • Accession Number: 00301512
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1979 12:00AM