Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Improved Environmental Performance

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Improved Environmental Performance

Towards Zero Carbon Transportation

2nd Edition - June 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Richard Folkson, Steve Sapsford
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909792

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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Improved Environmental Performance: Towards Zero Carbon Transportation, Second Edition provides a comprehensive view of key developments in advanced fuels and vehicle technologies to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the automotive sector. Sections consider the role of alternative fuels such as electricity, alcohol and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as advanced additives and oils in environmentally sustainable transport. Other topics explored include methods of revising engine and vehicle design to improve environmental performance and fuel economy and developments in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies. This reference will provide professionals, engineers and researchers of alternative fuels with an understanding of the latest clean technologies which will help them to advance the field. Those working in environmental and mechanical engineering will benefit from the detailed analysis of the technologies covered, as will fuel suppliers and energy producers seeking to improve the efficiency, sustainability and accessibility of their work.

Key Features

  • Provides a fully updated reference with significant technological advances and developments in the sector
  • Presents analyses on the latest advances in electronic systems for emissions control, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and legislative requirements
  • Includes a strong focus on updated climate change predictions and consequences, helping the reader work towards ambitious 2050 climate change goals for the automotive industry


Researchers and academics of alternative fuels, industry experts developing advanced clean technologies; those in environmental and mechanical engineering; vehicle engineers, fuel suppliers and energy producers. Government officials, economists, investors, policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Alternative fuels and advanced additives
    3. Using alternative and renewable liquid fuels to improve environmental performance
    4. Alternative and renewable gaseous fuels
    5. Electricity and hydrogen as energy vectors for transportation vehicles
    6. Advanced engine oils to improve performance of modern internal combustion engines
    7. Advanced fuel additives for modern internal combustion engines
    8. Internal combustion engine cycles and concepts
    9. Improving the environmental performance of heavy-duty vehicles and engines
    10. Improving the environmental performance of heavy-duty vehicles: Particular technologies
    11. Advanced and conventional internal combustion engine materials
    12. Advanced transmission technologies to improve vehicle performance
    13. Sustainable design and manufacture of lightweight structures
    14. Improved vehicle rolling resistance and aerodynamics
    15. Mechanical and electrical flywheel hybrid technology to store energy in vehicles
    16. Hydraulic and pneumatic hybrid powertrains for improved fuel economy in vehicles
    17. Integration and performance of regenerative braking and energy recovery technologies in vehicles
    18. Hybrid drive train technologies for vehicles
    19. Battery technology for CO2 reduction
    20. Conventional fuel / hybrid electric vehicles
    21. Pure electric vehicles

Product details

  • No. of pages: 804
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: June 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909792

About the Editors

Richard Folkson

Richard Folkson is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor for Innovation and Design and Deputy President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Academy of Engineering, UK

Steve Sapsford

Professor Steve Sapsford BSc (Hons), CEng FIMechE is a former director at Ricardo and is currently the chair of the Powertrain Systems and Fuels Group at the IMechE. He is an expert in the field of vehicle propulsions systems with special interest in life-cycle analysis and sustainable fuels. Steve is a Visiting Professor at the University of Cardiff and an Industrial Advisor at the University of Nottingham.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair, Powertrain Systems and Fuels Group, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK

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