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The Shift Toward Cleaner Motor Vehicles

Traffic jams, like this one in Beijing in September 2014, are now a regular occurrence in China’s major cities. ©CHINA OUT / AFP PHOTO

With the number of motor vehicles in the world expected to double over the next 30 years, carmakers and energy companies have been working hard to make road transportation more sustainable. The dual objective is to reduce reliance on petroleum-based fuels and limit carbon emissions.

Cleaner Motor Vehicles: The Challenges Involved

Road transportation is increasing globally and the number of vehicles worldwide is projected to double over the next 30 years. Carmakers and energy companies have been working for many years to make road transportation less dependent on petroleum products.

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Reducing Vehicle Fuel Consumption

To cut carbon emissions and lessen reliance on petroleum-based fuels, vehicle fuelFuel is any solid, liquid or gaseous substance or material that can be combined with an oxidant... consumption needs to be reduced. In addition to public policies and changes in consumer behavior, several avenues are available to carmakers themselves to achieve this objective.

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Electric Powertrains

The idea of powering a car with electricityForm of energy resulting from the movement of charged particles (electrons) through a conductor... is far from new. In fact, the first electric vehicles came into existence back in the 19th century. Overshadowed for many years by the dominance of the internal combustion engine (ICE), electric vehicles are now making a comeback, spurred by widespread recognition of the need for an energy transition.

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L'automobile de demain

Future solutions are always difficult to predict. Not only do they depend on technological advances, but often also on the economic environment, societal changes, public policy and competition among innovative industries. Automobiles are a good example of this complexity.

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