OIL PUTS CARS ON THE SPOT

This article, adapted from the author's book "Running on Empty: The Lure of the Automobile in an Oil-Short World" discusses the lack of practical alternatives available to car manufacturers. Factors affecting the supply of oil and future trends in vehicle ownership are examined. Recent oil production and pricing policies have brought about a fundamental change compared with previous trends. Oil producing countries are determined to make their resources last as long as possible. It is considered unlikely that alternative sources of fuel will take the place of petrol in the short term. The impact of oil price rises on the economies and developing car utilisation of third world countries is examined. There are serious doubts that the third world will be an expanding market. It is anticipated that a shift towards the production of smaller, lighter and less powerful cars over the next few years would reduce the fuel consumption of passenger cars in the United States by 15 per cent. The authors visualise an increased usage of public transport, which will probably need to be subsidised by the state. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • NORMAN, C
    • Flavin, C
    • Brown, L
  • Publication Date: 1979-11-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 429-433
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 84
    • Issue Number: 1180
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308787
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM