Towards sustainable road transport

Increasing pressure on global reserves of petroleum at a time of growing demand for personal transport indeveloping countries, together with concerns over atmospheric pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, areleading to a requirement for more sustainable forms of road transport. Major improvements...

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Main Author: Dell, Ronald
Other Authors: Moseley, P. T., Rand, D. A. J.
Format: eBook
Published: Oxford Academic Press 2014, 2014
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Collection: Elsevier ScienceDirect eBooks - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Front Cover; Towards Sustainable Road Transport; Copyright; The Open Road; Contents; Preface; Biographical Notes; Acknowledgements; Acronyms, Initialisms, Symbols and Units used in this book; Acronyms and Initialisms; Symbols and units; Fuel consumption; Chapter 1
  • The Evolution of Unsustainable Road Transport; 1.1 Bicycles and beyond; 1.2 Steam takes to the road; 1.3 The age of electricity; 1.4 The age of the motor vehicle
  • from dream to necessity; 1.5 Growth of the petroleum industry; 1.6 Development of roads; 1.7 Growth of the automotive sector; Chapter 2
  • Drivers for Change
  • 2.1 Challenges for new-generation road vehicles2.2 Demographics and vehicle ownership; 2.3 Petroleum production and consumption; 2.4 Conventional petroleum reserves; 2.5 Atmospheric pollution; 2.6 Fuel and vehicle efficiencies; 2.7 Emissions and climate change; 2.8 Electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers; Chapter 3
  • Unconventional Fuels; 3.1 The need for 'unconventional fuels'; 3.2 Raw materials; 3.3 Motor fuels; 3.4 Summary; Chapter 4
  • Development of Road Vehicles with Internal-Combustion Engines; 4.1 Early days of the motor industry; 4.2 Developments in vehicle body design
  • 4.3 Engines and transmissions4.4 Suspension, steering, brakes; 4.5 Exhaust systems and emissions; 4.6 Other key components; 4.7 Safety; 4.8 Accessories; 4.9 The future for internal-combustion-engined vehicles; Chapter 5
  • Progressive Electrification of Road Vehicles; 5.1 Electricity to the rescue; 5.2 Stop-start and hybrid electric vehicles; 5.3 Electric vehicles with batteries charged from the mains; 5.4 Solar cars; 5.5 Benchmarks of progress towards cleaner and more efficient vehicles; 5.6 Road transport in transition; Chapter 6
  • Mains Electricity Supply for Charging Vehicle Batteries
  • contemporary case studies; 6.5 Recharging electric vehicles; 6.6 De-regulation of electricity markets; Chapter 7
  • Batteries and Supercapacitors for Use in Road Vehicles; 7.1 Fundamentals of energy storage in batteries; 7.2 Key criteria for candidate batteries; 7.3 Battery duty in different road vehicles; 7.4 Lead-acid batteries; 7.5 Nickel-metal-hydride batteries
  • future prospects; Chapter 8
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Fuel Cell Vehicles; 8.1 Why use hydrogen?; 8.2 Hydrogen as a fuel; 8.3 Present uses for hydrogen; 8.4 Hydrogen from fossil fuels and biomass; 8.5 Hydrogen from water; 8.6 Hydrogen distribution and storage; 8.7 Hydrogen utilization: fuel cells; 8.8 Hydrogen-fuelled road transport