Conflicting objectives among the auto industry, the consumer, and the Federal government are outlined, as well as the problems of current petroleum supply and foreign car imports facing the U.S. economy. The impact of Federal regulations (emission, fuel economy, noise, and safety) and possible state policy changes (e.g. adoption of "closed hood" policy which prohibits engine tampering) on the auto industry in the next decade is addressed. The Department of Energy Automotive Heat Engine Program is currently focusing on the development of gas turbine and Stirling engines by 1983 in order to provide the following advantages: at least a 30% improvement in fuel economy over the best internal combustion engine system design for the same performance; emissions cleaner than the original Clean Air Act standards (including any new particulate standards); multifuel capability; and a system suitable for production engineering and commercialization. A market projection for these advanced heat engine technologies in passenger cars and light trucks is presented, as well as their total energy savings potential.

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    • Presented at SAE West Coast Meeting, San Diego, 7-10 August 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • THUR, G M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00396990
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780698, HS-025 558U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1985 12:00AM