Strategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets


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Strategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Executive SummaryIntroduction to the Alternative Fuels and Engines IndustryIntroduction to the Alternative Fuels and Engines IndustrySummary of Major FindingsSummary of Major FindingsMarket Growth, Opportunities, and Total ForecastAnalysis by Major SegmentCompetitive AnalysisConclusionsStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Industry Challenges and Research MethodologyIdentification of Challenges Facing the Alternative Automotive Fuels and Engines IndustryIdentification of Challenges Facing the Alternative Automotive Fuels and Engines IndustryMost Alternative Fuels Are Not Cost-Competitive with Traditional Transportation FuelsVehicles and Infrastructure Must Be Adapted to Accommodate Some Alternative FuelsChicken-Egg Problem Bedevils the IndustryTechnicians Must Be Trained to Service Alternative Fuel VehiclesThe Internal Combustion Engine Still Is ImprovingAlternative Fuels Are Generally Less Convenient to UseFuel-Cell-Powered EVs Are a Major Leap in TechnologyLack of Standard Recharging System Hinders Market for Electric VehiclesTime Frame Analysis of Industry ChallengesTime Frame Analysis of Industry ChallengesMarket Engineering Forecasting MethodologyOverviewStrategic Significance of the Market Engineering ForecastJudging Credibility and Accuracy of Market Engineering ForecastsForecast AssumptionsGlossary of TermsList of AcronymsStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Introduction to the Alternative Automotive Fuels and Engines IndustryMarket Overview and DefinitionsMarket Overview and DefinitionsMarket TrendsMarket TrendsMarket DriversMarket RestraintsComparison of Alternative FuelsMarket ParticipantsStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, EthanolIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyState of the TechnologyCogeneration of ElectricityCellulose TechnologyBioengineeringEthanol as a Fuel for Fuel CellsEthanol/Diesel BlendEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental AdvantagesEnvironmental DisadvantagesSafety IssuesPreventing IngestionVolatilityPerformance IssuesPerformance IssuesLower Energy Content Means More Frequent RefuelingCold-Weather Starting Is More Difficult with EthanolFlexible-Fuel Vehicles Need Fuel Composition SensorCost IssuesCost to UsersCost of InfrastructureHighlights of Companies, Products, and ProjectsDaimlerChryslerFord Motor CompanyStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, MethanolIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyProduction of MethanolMethanol as a Fuel for Fuel CellsEnvironmental IssuesConsequences of a Spill Are Being ResearchedCoal-Based Methanol Releases Greenhouse GasHealth and Safety IssuesLow Volatility Reduces Fire RiskMethanol Contains Fewer CarcinogensGround Water Contamination Hazard Is FearedPerformance IssuesHigh Octane Means Better PerformanceFlexible Fuel Vehicles Need Fuel Composition SensorCost IssuesCost of VehiclesCost of FuelCost of InfrastructureStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Biodiesel IntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyState of the TechnologyImprovements in the Esterification ProcessDevelopment of Microalgal Feedstocks SuspendedEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental IssuesSafety IssuesSafety IssuesPerformance IssuesPerformance IssuesCost IssuesCost of FeedstockCost to UsersCost of InfrastructureCompanies, Products, and ProjectsColumbus FoodsCytoCultureNOPEC CorporationWest Central Cooperative/InterwestStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Natural GasIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyPurpose-Built Natural Gas Engines Are Needed to Take Advantage of the High Octane Rating of Natural GasBifueled Natural Gas Vehicles Are AvailableEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental IssuesPerformance IssuesPerformance IssuesCost IssuesInfrastructure Needs to Be DevelopedOnboard Tanks Add to Vehicle CostFuel and Maintenance Costs Are LowerCompanies, Products, and ProjectsDaimlerChryslerFordGeneral MotorsToyotaStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, PropaneIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyState of the TechnologyEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental IssuesSafety IssuesHandlingIgnitionPerformance IssuesPerformance IssuesCost IssuesPropane is Cost-Competitive with GasolineRefueling Stations Are InexpensiveCompanies, Products, and ProjectsCompanies, Products, and ProjectsStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Pure Electric VehiclesIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyState of the TechnologyBatteriesFuel CellsFlywheelsEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental IssuesSafety IssuesInductive Versus Conductive RechargingPerformance IssuesPerformance IssuesCost IssuesBatteries Are ExpensiveFuel Cells Are ExpensiveCompanies, Products, and ProjectsCompanies, Products, and ProjectsAuto/Oil Industry Partnership: Fuel-Cell-Powered Demonstration FleetBallard Power Systems: Fuel CellsDaimlerChryslerEnergy Conversion Devices/GM OvonicEpyx Corporation/Plug PowerFord Motor CompanyGeneral MotorsGeneral Motors and Toyota: Fuel Cell Vehicle Development PartnershipHonda: EV PlusInternational Fuel CellsMetallic Power: Zinc-Air BatteryNissan: Altra EVPivco Industries: TH!NK Electric City CarSolectria CorporationToyota: RAV-4 EVStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Hybrid Electric VehiclesIntroductionIntroductionAdvantagesDisadvantagesState of the MarketCompetitive EnvironmentPublic AcceptanceOutlook/Market PotentialState of the TechnologyHybrid Powertrains Are a Practical, Market-Ready TechnologyTurbine Engines Are a More Exotic TechnologyEnvironmental IssuesEnvironmental IssuesSafety and Performance IssuesSafety and Performance IssuesCost IssuesCost IssuesCompanies, Products, and ProjectsAC Propulsion Inc.: Generator in a TrailerCapstone Turbine Corporation: MicroTurbine EngineChrysler: ESX2 Concept VehicleFord Motor Company: P2000 HybridGeneral Motors: Hybrid EVsHonda: VV HybridPartnership for a New Generation of VehiclesToyota: Prius HybridStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Other Alternative Fuels and Engine TechnologiesOther Alternative Fuels and Engine TechnologiesOther Alternative Fuels and Engine TechnologiesEC DieselEC DieselGas-to-Liquids FuelsGas-to-Liquids FuelsHeavy NaphthaHeavy NaphthaHydrogenHydrogenP-Series FuelsP-Series FuelsReformulated GasolineReformulated GasolineSolar and Wind PowerSolar and Wind PowerSteam EnginesSteam EnginesStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, The Future of the Internal Combustion EngineIntroductionIntroductionThe Internal Combustion EngineOperating PrincipleThe Combustion ProcessDesirable CharacteristicsDevelopment of ICE-Related TechnologiesVariable Valve TimingVariable Valve TimingContinuously Variable TransmissionContinuously Variable TransmissionRadiator CatalystRadiator CatalystVacuum-Insulated Catalytic ConverterVacuum-Insulated Catalytic ConverterMulti-Point SparkingMulti-Point SparkingTurbocharging and SuperchargingTurbocharging and SuperchargingAlternative MaterialsAlternative MaterialsTwo-Stroke EnginesTwo-Stroke EnginesDirect-Injection EnginesDirect-Injection EnginesDiesel EnginesDiesel EnginesStrategies and Issues in the United States Alternative Automotive Fuel and Engine Markets, Market Engineering StrategyMarket Engineering Strategic RecommendationsMarket Engineering Strategic RecommendationsResearch and Development DepartmentSales and Marketing DepartmentCorporate Management




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