QUANTITATIVE EFFECTS OF ACCELERATION RATE ON FUEL CONSUMPTION
One factor which has a significant effect on vehicle fuel consumption is the rate at which the vehicle is accelerated. Quantitative and qualitative studies have shown that more rapid and/or more frequent accelerations result in increased fuel consumption. The EPA has conducted a study to quantify the effects of operating a vehicle at different acceleration rates. The test involved accelerating the vehicle at a constant acceleration rate to a speed of 55 mph, and maintaining the 55 mph speed until total distance traveled equaled one mile. Conceptually, this may be viewed as entering a freeway system with different acceleration rates.
Environmental Protection AgencyStandards Development & Support Branch, 2565 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI United States 48105
- Jones, R
- Publication Date: 1980-4
- Pagination: 23 p.
- TRT Terms: Acceleration (Mechanics); Fuel consumption; Motor vehicles; Performance tests
- Old TRIS Terms: Acceleration physics
- Subject Areas: Energy; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment; I96: Vehicle Operating Costs;
- Accession Number: 00318341
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-AA-SDSB-80-06 Tech Rpt.
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM