, Volume 39, Supplement 1, pp 31–35 | Cite as

Fuels for Transportation

  • Bertil B. Fredholm
  • Bengt Nordén


There is a need to reduce the amount of fossil energy used for transport, both because of the easily available fossil fuel is becoming sparser and because of climate concerns. In this article, the concept of “peak oil” is briefly presented. Second, a practical approach to reduction of fossil fuel use for transport elaborated by two British commissions is presented. A key feature is the introduction of electric cars. This raises the third issue covered in this article: namely, how battery technology is going to meet the increasing needs posed by the transport sector.


Oil supply Battery Electric car Solar power Lithium Carbon dioxide 



The valuable help by Dr Julia King in checking for factual errors and improving text is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Chalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden

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