Cover

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Contents

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List of Figures and Tables

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xviii

The world, especially the United States and other industrialized countries, is facing a growing energy crisis. On the one hand, demand for energy is increasing because of the dual pressures of growing world population and growing demand for industrialization on the part of that population. On the other hand, limited ...

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pp. xix-xx

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1 Conventional Energy Sources

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pp. 1-43

The immediate goals of our national energy strategy should be to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, to move away from dependence on limited natural resources and toward renewable sources, and to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. The chapters of this book discuss what we ...

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2 Conventional Vehicles

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pp. 44-59

Gasoline and diesel together are responsible for 23% of our energy consumption, 23% of our greenhouse gas emissions, and 64% of our petroleum consumption. Road vehicles consume almost all of this. Improving the fuel economy of highway vehicles is the most important single step in reducing our consumption of gasoline and combating global warming. We can do this ...

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3 Green Vehicles

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pp. 60-108

The previous chapter dealt with reducing gasoline consumption without major technology changes. We can drive less; we can drive more efficiently; we can drive smaller, lighter automobiles. We can also get some improvement in fuel economy by making mechanical improvements to the internal combustion gasoline automobile. ...

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4 Green Energy Sources

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pp. 109-147

Demand for electricity is exploding with growing population and increasing demand from computers and electronic equipment. Moreover, electricity is a primary candidate for alternative automobile technology whether the emphasis is on plug-in electric cars or hydrogen fuel cells, as electrolysis is the leading contender for manufacturing hydrogen for vehicles. The unavoidable ...

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5 Conclusions

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pp. 148-164

What started as an investigation into green alternative vehicles quickly grew into an examination of energy and pollution, both traditional pollution and greenhouse gases, in general. Developing a successful vehicle that allows us to replace gasoline with a clean abundant fuel will affect all segments of the national energy system, and one cannot discuss automobiles without discussing the larger issues. ...

Conversions

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p. 165

Notes

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pp. 167-173

Index

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pp. 175-180