Based on forecasts which indicate likely depletion of oil reserves by 2025, the authors evaluate alternative road transport propulsion systems. The systems discussed are high energy density batteries and also liquid fuels derived from coal. The manufacturing processes required to produce these forms of propulsion are considered, as well as the effects that use of either fuel has on other uses of energy. From a comparison of internal combustion engines (ice) and electric vehicles, it is shown that primary energy demand would be less for electric propulsion. The effects of using electric propulsion on vehicle use and journey type are discussed as well as the effects of reduced range and increased costs compared with present-day cars. /TRRL/

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    Architecture and Planning Publications, Limited

    P.O. Box 135, 4 Catherine Street
    London WC2B 5JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Charlesworth, G
    • Baker, M
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 276-279
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: ALEXANDRINE PRESS
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM