This report establishes the patterns of motor vehicle ownership and use in Australia, examines the technical and operational features of electric cars, and assesses the environmental and economic impacts of a significant swing to such vehicles. In order to establish performance and energy use characteristics in an authoritative manner, considerable emphasis has been placed on the likely design parameters of battery cars which would have a significant market appeal. Despite limitations on range and performance, battery cars could be acceptable, for some types of urban travel, in their present state of development. However, under existing market conditions, it is unlikely that such vehicles would gain wide public acceptance. This situation could be reversed by deliberate regulation, by significant technical improvements in battery cars, or by increased operating costs for conventional cars.
Australia Bureau of Transport EconomicsCanberra, Australia
- Egan, W E
- Publication Date: 1974-7
- Pagination: 203 p.
- TRT Terms: Economic impacts; Electric vehicles; Energy; Environmental impacts; Motor vehicles; Ownership; Public opinion
- Subject Areas: Economics; Energy; Environment; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Society;
- Accession Number: 00265323
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS, ATRI
- Created Date: Feb 11 1975 12:00AM