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author = {Childs, PRN and Stobart, RK},
publisher = {Professional Engineering Publications},
title = {Total Vehicle Technology: Finding the radical, implementing the practical},
url = {},
year = {2004}

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AB - All of the principal design methods require the vehicle producer to consider the applications, the users, available technologies and the context. Such processes are useful in providing the mantle within which design can occur. It is often stated how important initial conceptual design work is as this dictates the greater proportion of subsequent costly detailed design and developmental work. It is at this stage that all the elements relating to the design need to be broadly brought together. This may result, as is the case with the latest Landrover Defender, in a vehicle embracing available technologies and adhering to its core brand values to produce a praiseworthy vehicle. An alternative approach may be to push newer technologies as illustrated by the number of concept cars appearing utilising independent electric motor wheel drives. Of note, the former example relies on a traditional fuel, while the latter alludes to the possibility of widespread use of alternative energy sources. These examples illustrate the breadth of variation in design outcome and therein lies the challenge to engineers and designers who need to operate effectively within a changing and competitive market.The Total Vehicle Technology conference was conceived as an opportunity for consideration of the full scope of vehicle related issues. Although we may consider our professional decisions to be broad-minded, and that we do attempt to address and optimise the issues concerned, the realities of many working lives and practices dictate fast and all too often narrow expert approaches. The resulting solutions, although expedient, may inhibit a more creative approach. The Total Vehicle Technology 2004 conference has resulted in papers and presentations across a broad base ranging from energy issues, traffic infrastructure, human factors, powertrain, safety, to vehicle dynamics and control. It is possible that such a taxonomy of subjects, with its sub-division of activities is in its very nature co
AU - Childs,PRN
AU - Stobart,RK
PB - Professional Engineering Publications
PY - 2004///
SN - 9781860584602
TI - Total Vehicle Technology: Finding the radical, implementing the practical
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ER -