The project's main goal of high energy efficiency in a four-passenger vehicle was approached from two directions. (1) Try a hybrid electirc drive system with the stationary internal combustion engine powered by locally produced alcohol and compare its convenience and efficiency to contemporary vehicles. (2) Build a light, aerodynamically clean vehicle body to package all the components plus four adults and make this package aesthetically appealing. Half of the project's orginal purpose has been successful - the construction of a handsome body with a drag coefficient of a .16 and a weight of 1230 lbs that comfortably seats four adults. The problem area has been the electrical portion of the vehicle. The electric parts take constant maintenance and cleaning compared with today's conventional vehicle. The use of alcohol as an alternate fuels has been trouble-free. The normal drag of current autos is approximately .54. The final body configuration built for this project has a drag of .16 to .18. With conventional power, this drag coefficient should give a doubling of current miles per gallon. (ERA citation 10:018622) 10:018622)

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Carl (Willard C)

    Russellville, TN  United States  8403
  • Authors:
    • Carl, W C
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

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  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00450198
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOE/OR/21400-T80
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  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 8:57PM