The author predicts that a whole new electric automobile industry will be needed by 1990, when petrol prices will be prohibitive. The possible development path of an advanced electric vehicle using a high-performance battery is outlined. An interim electric vehicle - the ev-ic could be developed which would accommodate either an electric or internal combustion power pack in the same body. New companies will be small corporate groups engaging only in assembly operations by means of world-wide licensing agreements. It is predicted that most electric vehicles will be medium sized, but there may be a reprieve for the larger car in a hybrid electric and piston engined form. Operation of the hybrid vehicle powered by a 1000 cu cm engine in conjunction with a four-wheel drive pancake-motor system, could be flexible enough to be outside the constraints of the battery charging or transplanting infrastructure. Pancake motors have two parts, one of which is moving, compared with the hundreds of parts used in the internal combustion engine. Because at least five years will be needed to solve the basic problems of the advanced electric vehicle, and a further five years will be needed to get into production and establish the supporting infrastructure, now is the time to start development. (TRRL) development.

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  • Authors:
    • Haynes, R D
  • Publication Date: 1980-2-22

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 37-39
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 206
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-4384

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312298
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM