An assessment is made of the number of road vehicles that will be in the use in the latter part of the century and the ways in which the electricity supplier will cope with this growth. The political problems of electric vehicle development are recognized and the need for government support is noted. The technical and economic factors which will influence the development are briefly discussed and include the reasons why electric vehicles can only be used for urban and suburban traffic, the cost of the driving system, the energy used for lighting, windscreen wipers, etc., the weight of the electric batteries, its circulation system, and the recharging of batteries. General statements are made regarding the supply of electricity. The differences between range per day and range per charge is emphasized. The electricity supply infrastructure must be installed from a low voltage grid whenever the vehicle is kept--in the garage or parking space. The infrastructure can also be used for heating and air-conditioning vehicles. A new accounting system is needed to provide electricity to a customer from a supplier. Technical difficulties arising from the fact that the battery uses direct current are also noted. The possibility of recharging during hours of low electricity consumption, and the necessity to distinguish between the tariffs for low and normal consumption hours are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Electrical Engineers

    Savoy Place
    London WC2R 0BL, NY  England  10016-5997
  • Authors:
    • Muller, H G
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00310259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM