Sustainable Vehicle Technologies

1st Edition

Driving the Green Agenda

Paperback ISBN: 9780857094568
eBook ISBN: 9780857094575
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 6th November 2012
Page Count: 248
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This book contains the papers from the IMechE’s Sustainable Vehicle Technologies 2012 conference. An innovative technical conference organised by the Automobile Division of the IMechE, it follows on from the 2009 Low Carbon Vehicle conference, which established a high standard with presentations primarily focussed on powertrain technology. The conference examines the latest advances in technology with a view towards understanding the consequences of carbon dioxide reduction over the entire vehicle lifecycle. Papers cover all aspects of the finite resources available for vehicle production, operation and recycling.

Key Features

  • Presents the papers from this leading conference
  • Covers life time emissions and sustainability over the entire product life-cycle
  • Considers all areas of environmental pollution in addition to the goals for delivering low-carbon vehicles


Automotive engineers, Design engineers, Automotive manufacturers, Low carbon specialists; Academics and students

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Energy demand assessment of electrified drivetrains in material extraction and system manufacturing


1 Introduction

2 Methodological approach

3 State of the art of electric and hybrid vehicles

4 Analysis of the material composition

5 Analysis of the material extraction phase

6 Analysis of the manufacturing phase

7 Summary and sensitivity analysis

8 Strategic opportunities and implications

Chapter 2: Evaluating and prioritising sustainable vehicle technologies: compliance, competition, conservation and context


1 Introduction

2 Multiple Perspectives

3 Value

4 SVT Evaluation Process

5 SVT Evaluation Frameworks

6 Conclusion

Chapter 3: A life cycle assessment comparison of rapeseed biodiesel and conventional diesel

1 Abstract

2 Background

3 Introduction to LCA

4 LCA of biodiesel

5 Results and discussion

6 Concluding remarks

Chapter 4: Improving the sustainability of aluminium sheet


1 Introduction

2 Aluminium materials strategy

3 Aluminium vehicle weight

4 Sustainability – recycling benefits

5 Sustainability – sources of recycled alumnium

6 Sustainability - 5XXX sheet alloy developments

7 Sustainability - brunel university ‘twin roll casting’

8 Sustainability - recycling promotion

9 Conclusions

10 Acknowledgements

Appendix 1

Chapter 5: Advanced phase powertrain design attribute and technology value mapping


1 Introduction

2 Product development costs

3 Value engineering

4 Consumer driven product

5 What is an attribute and why is it important?

6 The importance of systems engineering in practice

7 Product value - innovation

8 Product architec


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