A review of the factors influencing the fuel consumption of a vehicle is made including the aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and inertial contributions to energy demand and the efficiency of engines and transmissions in supplying driving power. Past and future examples of improvements in design are cited. A case study is made using the Ford Falcon as an example of Australian development for fuel efficiency in cars. Trucks and bus designs are also reviewed, as is the optimisation achievable through traffic management. Conclusions are drawn about the impact improved vehicle design and system management will have on reducing the demand for crude oil to the year 2000. (Author/TRRL)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 361-371
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 85/1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-85825-274-0
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:55PM