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The aim of this work, consisting of 9 individual, self-contained booklets, is to describe commercial vehicle technology in a way that is clear, concise and illustrative. Compact and easy to understand, it provides an overview of the technology that goes into modern commercial vehicles.

Starting from the customer's fundamental requirements, the characteristics and systems that define the design of the vehicles are presented knowledgeably in a series of articles, each of which can be read and studied on their own.

This volume, "Alternative Powertrains and Supplements to the Conventional Powertrain", introduces alternatives and additions to the conventional powertrain of the commercial vehicle. The wide range of options is presented so as to be clearly understandable for those learning and working with them in a practical environment. Hybrid vehicles, electric powertrains and alternative fuels are discussed.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Alternative Powertrains and Extensions to the Conventional Powertrain

Abstract
The conventional drivetrain with an internal combustion engine that burns diesel fuel from mineral oil has been propelling trucks for many decades (the first truck with a diesel engine first appeared in the 1920 s). It is expected that the diesel engine will continue to play a dominant role in propelling commercial vehicles for the next 10 years. However, the quest to find alternatives to the conventional diesel drivetrain is ongoing. The most important impetus to find extensions or alternatives to the conventional diesel drivetrain is resulting from the concern about CO2 emission and climate change.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 2. The Electric Drive

Abstract
In principle, electric vehicles are easy to implement. In the early days of the automobile, electric drives were studied on equal terms alongside drives with an internal combustion engine.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 3. Hybrid Vehicles

Abstract
In engineering, the word hybrid is used for solutions in which two things are combined. A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle in which two drive systems are combined.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 4. Other Supplements to the Conventional Drive

Abstract
With a conventional drive, a very large proportion of the chemical energy of diesel fuel is lost in the form of thermal energy. The thermal energy is either lost to the exhaust gas or dispensed to the cooling system. It is evident that this is where supplements to the conventional drive to improve the efficiency of energy use in vehicles can be applied.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 5. Alternative Fuels

Abstract
The CO2 emissions of a transport service are being continually reduced by the efforts to reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles (To put it more precisely: the CO2 emissions per kilometer and per ton-kilometer are reduced. Due to the disproportionately increasing total transport services, the total CO2 emissions of the transport sector are steadily increasing.). Alternative fuels make it possible to reduce the CO2 emissions per liter of consumed fuel. Furthermore, they make it possible to reduce the dependence of the transport sector on mineral oil.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

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