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Transportation - Hypercars 23 Items
Report or White Paper, 2011
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2004
Lightweighting is the key to making vehicles superefficient and safe. In this invited technical review paper in the International Journal of Vehicle Design
, Amory Lovins and David Cramer explain why, using as an example Hypercar's 2000 virtual design of the Revolution 99-mpg SUV. The paper also shows how Hypercar's Fiberforge process promises to achieve that goal at competitive cost, and how this manufacturing breakthrough can accelerate an exciting new stage in automaking and the emergence of the hydrogen economy.
In 2002, Amory Lovins gave this presentation to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. The presentation is focused on the the American automakers and the U.S. Department of Energy's FreedomCAR Program. He presents options that create energy efficient cars and airplanes, mostly through the use of lighter materials. He also presents options for a transition to hydrogen automobiles. Lovins suggests revising the goals of the FreedomCAR Program to make it more effective.
Conference Proceedings, 2002
Reducing vehicle weight is critical to improving fuel economy and addressing range, performance, size, and cost challenges associated with fuel-cell and hybrid propulsion systems. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and assembly approach used for the carbon-fiber composite body structure in Hypercar, Inc.’s Revolution concept vehicle. The Revolution’s 187-kg body structure is 57% lighter than a conventional steel body structure of the same size, while providing superior crash protection, improved stiffness, and favorable
thermal and acoustic properties. The design balances several competing requirements, including surface finish, reparability, crash performance, weight, packaging constraints, and cost. A large part of the
Revolution’s body structure is an advanced-composite passenger safety cell. Its design permits a novel high-volume manufacturing process under development by Hypercar. Applied together, the design and production method result in a lightweight, affordable advanced-composite body structure consistent with competitive
vehicle cost at production volumes of 50,000 vehicles per year or greater. This paper describes the design and production method of the composite body, explains how the body is integrated with the rest of the vehicle, and analyzes the benefit of lightweighting on overall fuel-cell vehicle cost.
In this presentation, Amory Lovins argues that America's energy infrastructure is vulnerable to disruption, either accidentally or intentionally. This presentation argues for a more efficient, diverse, distributed, and renewable energy system.
In the keynote presentation to the ECEEE Biennial Meeting in 2001 Amory Lovins presented his idea of eight ways to accelerate energy efficiency. The presentation shows multiple policy approaches and argues that these trans-ideological approaches work better and faster than traditional pricing and regulating structures. He shows alternatives to conventional policy instruments. These alternatives include changing the price response, competition, marketing, design, and deployment.
In this presentation to the American Gas Association, Amory Lovins explains the relationship between Hypercars, hydrogen, and distributed utilities. The presentation describes the stagnation in the auto industry and transportation policy and shows that the Hypercar concept is being disseminated into the auto industry. Lovins argues that the Hypercar will help bring about a shift to widespread hydrogen use. He presents strategies for building a hydrogen infrastructure.
This presentation by Amory Lovins summarizes the nature, status, and prospects of Hypercar development. It includes a description of how Hypercars accelerate the shift to a hydrogen economy. The presentation describes the Hypercar design concept and strategy for bringing a Hypercar to market. In the presentation, Lovins also argues that the transition to the Hypercar and hydrogen economy will accelerate an end to traditional oil use.
Conference Proceedings, 1999
Automakers are embracing with vigor the strategy of dedicated platform sharing, which portions common design, engineering, and production efforts over a number of outwardly distinct models. Platform sharing mixes lower-volume “differentiating” technologies to increase market attractiveness with higher-volume “standardized” technologies to lower overall costs. “Disruptive” advanced technologies like polymer composites and the Hypercar concept, ill-suited to conventional, mass-production automaking, may fit very well within the new rules of platforms. This paper was originally presented at the International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Automotive Conference.
Journal or Magazine Article, 1999
This paper describes the rapid, practical, and profitable commercialization path for fuel cells and hydrogen that can be executed by coordinating convergent trends in several industries. The strategy described here relies on existing technologies, can begin immediately, and proceeds in a logical and viable sequence. It has two preconditions: uncompromised ultralight-hybrid vehicles whose inherently high efficiency permits their fuel-cell stacks to rely on conveniently compact onboard tanks of compressed gaseous hydrogen, making onboard liquid-fuel reformers unnecessary and uncompetitive; and integration of fuel-cell market development between vehicles and buildings. This paper provides a specific strategy for transitioning to the widespread use of hydrogen. The authors describe how the careful coordination of fuel-cell commercialization in stationary and transportation applications, the use of small-scale, distributed fueling appliances, and Hypercar vehicles combine to offer leapfrog opportunities for climate protection and the transition to hydrogen.