The Greening of the Automotive Industry

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The automotive industry constitutes the backbone of the world's economy and employs the greatest share of the working population. It has been contributing to the growth of modern society by satisfying everyday mobility. However, it has been accused of affecting the environment and public health, and thus finding new methods of propulsion for automotives is currently a subject of intense debate. In this volume, the concept of sustainable development has been correlated with the main theoretical framework of production analysis and managerial economics, that is: manufacturing and architecture theories; theory of comparative advantage of design location; design driven and design thinking theories; concepts-knowledge models; rule-based and innovative design regimes; path dependency theory; literature on breakthrough and disruptive innovations; studies on technology competition; reasoned action and planned behavior theories; institutional theoretical approaches; firm growth theories; smart grid paradigm; business model innovation; definition of scenarios through analytic hierarchy process models and consumer framing. The Greening of the Automobile Industry is one of the products of the research program "Sustainable Development and Automotive Industry", run between 2007-2010 by GERPISA (the Permanent Group for the Study of and Research into the Automobile Industry and its Employees). GERPISA is a French-based international network of researchers in economics, management, history, and sociology, all studying the automotive industry. The GERPISA was formed in 1992 and is made up of 400 members from 27 different countries.

Author Biography

Giuseppe Calabrese is Senior Researcher at CNR-Ceris, Moncalieri, Italy, and teaches managerial economics at the University of Turin, Italy. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management and a member of the International Steering Committee of GERPISA. His main areas of research are industrial organization, technological innovation, industrial policy and the automotive industry.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Forewordp. xix
Notes on the Contributorsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Innovative Design for Alternative Vehicles
Innovative Design and Sustainable Development in the Automotive Industryp. 13
Manufacturing Capability and the Architecture of Future Vehiclesp. 32
Industrial Designers and the Challenges of Sustainable Developmentp. 49
Towards New R&D Processes for Sustainable Development in the Automotive Industry: Experiencing Innovative Designp. 69
Technological Trajectories in Alternative Vehicles
Balancing a Strong Strategic Intent and an Experimental Approach to Electric Vehiclesp. 89
'Sailing Ship Effects' in the Global Automotive Industry? Competition between 'New' and 'Old' Technologies in the Race for Sustainable Solutionsp. 103
Firm Perspectives on Hydrogenp. 124
CNG Cars: Sustainable Mobility Is within Reachp. 140
institutional, Technological and Commercial Innovations in the Brazilian Ethanol and Automotive Industriesp. 164
New Forms of Vehicle Maker-Supplier Interdependence? The Case of Electric Motor Development for Heavy Hybrid Vehiclesp. 185
Surrounding Conditions for the Development of Alternative Vehicles
Electric Vehicles and Power Grids: Challenges and Opportunitiesp. 207
Agreements and Joint Ventures in the Electric Vehicle Industryp. 225
Business Model Innovation and the Development of the Electric Vehicle Industry in Chinap. 240
Urban Mobility as a Product of Systemic Change and the Greening of the Automotive Industryp. 254
A Forecasting Framework for Evaluating Alternative Vehicle Fuels, Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process Model and Scenariosp. 263
Consumer Attitudes Towards Alternative Vehiclesp. 286
The Second Automotive Revolution Is Under Way: Scenarios in Confrontationp. 304
Appendix: The GERPISA International Networkp. 323
Indexp. 327
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