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Potential for reducing GHG emissions and energy consumption from implementing the aluminum intensive vehicle fleet in China

J.D. Du, W.J. Han, Y.H. Peng and C.C. Gu

Energy, 2010, vol. 35, issue 12, 4671-4678

Abstract: The automobile industry in China has rapidly developed in recent years which resulted in an increase in gasoline usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Focus on climate change has also accelerated to grow pressure on reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel efficiency. Aluminum (Al) as a light metal has demonstrated a great potential for weight savings in applications such as engine blocks, cylinder heads, wheels, hoods, tailgates etc. However, primary Al production requires intensive energy and the cost of Al is more than traditional steel, which may affect the total benefits realized from using Al in automobiles. Therefore, it is very essential to conduct a study to quantify the life cycle GHG emissions and energy consumption if the plan is to achieve fleet-wide Al intensive vehicles.

Keywords: Aluminum intensive vehicle; Life cycle GHG emissions; Life cycle energy consumption; Vehicle fleet; Material availability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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