THE ENERGY NEEDS OF TRANSPORT

The author discusses the need for a statement on future transport energy supplies, so that research and development of new vehicles can proceed. Economies should be introduced to minimise the demand for oil-based products and provision made to meet a possible shortfall in energy by the year 2000. Operating costs are compared for road, rail and air transport modes. An equation is derived which is designed to evaluate the economics of changing a vehicle for one of lower energy consumption. A number of measures are discussed which can reduce vehicle energy consumption such as aerodynamics, route planning, journey timing, incentives for energy efficient modes, and, encouragement of high maintenance standards. It is concluded that the long-term objective must be a higher gdp for a smaller increase in transport energy consumption.

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    City Press Limited

    Fairfax House
    Colchester, Essex CO1 1RJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Cheeseman, I C
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-4

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  • Accession Number: 00323349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM