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What's the Future of Automotive Fuels? A New SAE International Book Explores the Answers

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 3, 2013 - What is the likely supply of gasoline and diesel from oil worldwide to power light vehicles and trucks through 2030-2035? Could any other fuel economically replace gasoline? Will different parts of the world answer that question differently?

Future Automotive Fuels and Energy,” a new book from SAE International, answers these questions and more for executives, decision-makers, and those who are curious about fuels we will use in our vehicles in the future.

As difficult as it is to predict timing of these events, the book presents reasonable assumptions and alternative scenarios. Since a switch to alternative technologies will require substantial investment, it is critical to have a sense of when.

Despite the global reach of the automotive industry, it is unlikely that a solution for one region will fit all. A more reasonable goal is a set of projected ‘ecosystems’ using differing amounts of oil, electricity, or alternative fuels. From this, automotive managers and leaders can get a sense of how to make business decisions for the future.

To frame comparisons, author Bruce Morey assesses each alternative against these criteria:


- Energy density Scale
- Efficiency of use
- Consumer convenience
- Vehicle technical maturity
- Delivery infrastructure maturity
- Production infrastructure maturity
- Rate of progress


Book details:


- Published By: SAE International
- Published: August 2013
- Pages: 108
- Binding: Softbound
- Product Code: T-128

With more than 20 years of experience in technology development, research, and management, Bruce Morey brings a unique perspective when looking at the future of automotive engineering. His 16 years in the defense industry exposed him to a number of forward-looking methodologies, including scenario planning and contingency planning.  His six years in automotive product development at Ford Motor Company gave him an inside look at the day-to-day challenges and pressures of delivering quality vehicles that customers want to buy, at an affordable price to both customer and company. Since becoming a journalist, his published articles have covered everything from solar energy to lean manufacturing, as well as automotive engineering and product development. Mr. Morey earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order “Future Automotive Fuels and Energy,” visit:

To request an electronic review copy of the book, email Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, or to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

Related books from SAE International include:


- “Automotive Fuels Reference Book-Second Edition,” By: Keith Owen and Trevor Coley


- “Automotive 2030--North America,” by: Bruce Morey


- “Fuel/Engine Interactions,” (COMING SOON) by Gautam Kalghatgi

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