Future Automotive Fuels

• Prospects • Performance • Perspective

  • Joseph M. Colucci
  • Nicholas E. Gallopoulos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Need, Resources, and Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. F. Hemphill Jr., C. Difiglio
      Pages 3-33
    3. S. J. Beaubien
      Pages 34-58
    4. E. M. Johnson, W. T. Tierney, N. R. Crawford
      Pages 73-95
    5. R. F. Stebar, W. A. Daniel, A. R. Sapre, B. D. Peters
      Pages 96-120
  3. Future Automotive Fuel Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. E. L. Clark
      Pages 125-135
  4. Automotive Utilization of Intermediate—Term Future Fuels

  5. Long-Term Future Fuels and an Overall Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. W. J. McLean, P. C. T. de Boer, H. S. Homan, J. J. Fagelson
      Pages 297-319
    3. E. W. Schmidt
      Pages 320-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 369-380

About this book


In October 1975, while the United States was still acutely feeling the aftermath of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the General Motors Research Laboratories held its nineteenth annual symposium. The proceedings of this timely symposium on "Future Automotive Fuels - Prospects, Performance, and Perspective" are reported in this book. We hope that it will serve not only as a permanent record of the papers and discussions, but also as a stimulus and inspiration for ideas, research, and development in the vital field of automotive fuels. The economy of the United States and the lifestyle of her people are woven together with energy into a unique fabric. Reducing the energy content of this fabric weakens it and can even destroy it. The Oil Embargo stunningly demonstrated how easy it is to attack this fabric, and exposed for all to see its greatest weaknes- reliance on imported petroleum. Since petroleum is the only current source of automotive fuels, and cars and trucks consume about 43 percent of the petroleum used in the United States, the Oil Embargo had its most profound and dramatic on automotive transportation: First there were long lines at service stations, impact and then idle lines in car assembly plants and long lines at unemployment offices. Against this grim setting, we planned the symposium on automotive fuels for the future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph M. Colucci
    • 1
  • Nicholas E. Gallopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.General Motors Research LaboratoriesUSA

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