The Greening of the Automotive Industry by G. Calabrese

By G. Calabrese

An exam of the greening of the car by means of the trail dependence of nations and carmakers' trajectories. 3 assets of course dependency might be detected: enterprise types, buyer attitudes, and coverage rules. the auto is altering and the race in the direction of substitute using platforms has started!

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Three types of firms can broadly be distinguished in relation to their engagement with hydrogen technology: uncertain, unwilling, and optimistic. Furthermore, the authors find that the firms’ level of technological and organizational capability seem to be related most strongly to their actual engagement in hydrogen technology development. Finally, this contribution addresses the relationship between actor beliefs and actor framing, concluding that a carmaker will wait before launching a new product, above all fuel-cell vehicles, until a profitable outlook can be envisaged.

Finally, this contribution addresses the relationship between actor beliefs and actor framing, concluding that a carmaker will wait before launching a new product, above all fuel-cell vehicles, until a profitable outlook can be envisaged. Andrea Stocchetti and Giuseppe Volpato, in CNG Cars: Sustainable Mobility Is Within Reach, describe the opportunities related to the diffusion of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel for vehicles, which is seen as the most effective option to achieve sustainability targets in road transport quickly.

But their technological paths are quite different. One important advantage is related to regenerative braking, which contributes significantly to decreasing fuel consumption. As an example, in urban driving, regenerative braking allows for up to a 15–20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to conventional cars with the same power-to-weight ratio. The long-term scenario for hydrogen-fuelled cars cannot easily be hypothesized, since there is no standard technology in place and the existing alternatives are not economically feasible.

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