ALTERNATIVE POWER SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES

THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE FOLLOWING ALTERNATIVE POWER SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMOBILES: (1) THE ELECTRICALLY-CHARGED STORAGE BATTERY; (2) THE GAS TURBINE ENGINE; (3) THE DIESEL ENGINE; (4) THE RANKINE (STEAM) ENGINE; AND (5) THE STIRLING ENGINE. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT WHILE ALL OF THESE ALTERNATIVE POWER SYSTEMS POSE SOME UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS, SEVERAL COMPANIES HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH COMBINATIONS OF THESE TO FORM ONE WORKABLE SYSTEMS. THESE HYBRID SYSTEMS CONSIST BASICALLY OF A HEAT ENGINE (INTERNAL COMBUSTION, STIRLING, DIESEL, ETC.) AND AN ENERGY STORAGE MEDIUM (BATTERY, FLYWHEEL, FLUID). RESEARCH IS ALSO BEING CONDUCTED BY VARIOUS FIRMS TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING FUELS OTHER THAN GASOLINE, SUCH AS LIQUID NATURAL GAS OR LIQUID HYDROGEN.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cars & Trucks

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  • Publication Date: 1974-1

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 35-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202462
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 1974 12:00AM