A Major Battle Is Joined Over the Transition to the Clean Car


Freyssenet M., A Major Battle Is Joined Over the Transition to the Clean Car, Truthout, 6 mars 2009. Electronic publications: truth-out.org, 2009; freyssenet.com, 2011, 104 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

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It is the english translation and publication, made by Truthout, of an article previously published in the French newspaper Le Monde.


Countries and manufacturers are beginning to promote the alternative motorizations that work for them. Will we see a cohabitation of solutions take hold that will operate as a function of the automobile's use, the regions of the world or the sphere of influence of thus and such great car industry? Or will a new coalition form, like that of the manufacturers and the oil companies in the beginning of the 20th century that allowed the triumph of the standard gasoline engine, thus making the automobile exportable and usable everywhere in the world?
Those who will be able to impose viable solutions will not necessarily be historical manufacturers, but could be new entrants: suppliers of alternative energy, the great parts-manufacturers, emerging country manufacturers.


Key words

Automobile, new economy, crisis, low costs countries, clean car

Concerned disciplines

Anthropology, Economics, Management, Geography, History, History of Sciences and Technologies, Engineering, Political Science, Sociology.

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The economic crisis is running for six months. The newspaper Le Monde devotes four pages to auto industry and its future, at the time of Geneva Motor Show

to personal questioning
to scientific reflection of research laboratory or network
to national and international scientific debate
to diffusion of scientific results
to implementation of scientific results

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See also

Freyssenet M., Jullien B., L’automobile : une industrie en bout de course… ?, Édition numérique, freyssenet.com, 2009, 40 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

Freyssenet M., Une bataille capitale s'engage avec la transition vers la voiture propre, Le Monde 3 mars 2009, Édition numérique, freyssenet.com, 2009, 96 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

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