Transportation Innovations that Would Banish America's Energy Crisis

by Eugene Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 47-50

Document Type: Feature article


Despite the current oil glut, the energy crisis is still very much with us. Within the next few decades, the U.S. will nearly exhaust economically recoverable petroleum. The key to solving the energy crisis is to revolutionize the transportation sector, which now guzzles 55 % of all petroleum used in the U.S. Technologies that could revolutionize transportation include the hybrid(gasoline-fired internal combustion engine plus batteries) car, vehicles powered by copressed natural gas, electrified highways, and fuel-cell-powered vehicles. The hybrid car is most promising as it could cut liquid fuel use in the transportation sector 50 to 80 % in a decade. Also the vehicles could be charged at night, without need to build a single new electric power plant in the country.

Subject Headings: Innovation | Electric power | Power plants | Automobiles | Economic factors | Combustion | Engines | Batteries

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