Reducing Global Warming with Innovative Transportation Technology 2005-24-028
This paper discusses the use of the energy conversion chain as a useful tool for analyzing future transportation energy alternatives. A review of the literature indicates that some form of hybrid vehicle propulsion system is likely to be the best choice to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and therefore CO2 emissions. The success of grid-independent hybrid vehicles will likely be followed by a new generation of “plug-in hybrid” vehicles in which it is possible to travel for up to 100 km in an all-electric mode. A comparison is made of several different configurations of the plug-in hybrid vehicle, and some discussion is presented on how these vehicles can be used in conjunction with a sustainable primary energy supply to provide a substantial reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases from the transportation sector.