This article considers the future of automobiles in light of the energy situation as it is today and as it will probably be in the near future. A comparison is made of alternative sources of energy for automobiles and several fuels are compared on the basis of weight and volume. From this analysis it is concluded that the internal combustion engine is by far the most suitable power unit, and that, although a great deal of research and development is still needed, the prospect for magnesium hydride as a fuel is well worth serious investigation. Thus, the automobile powered by an internal combustion engine of some sort is seen to be an existing mode of transport in the foreseeable future. In conclusion, some idea as to the appearance of the automobile of the future is given. The integration of various components is foreseen, which could make the future automobile startlingly different from the ones that exist today.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Municipal Engineers

    25 Eccleston Square
    London SW1 V1NX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • GARRETT, K
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00095815
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM