RETHINKING THE AUTOMOBILE

The need for a billion-dollar crash program to produce 50 mpg automobile is questioned, and it is noted that small, lightweight, highly efficient cars averaging top mpg will be soon within out technological capability. Features such as comfort and passenger capacity will be reduced and it will be essentially a low-performance vehicle intended for commuting and for intrametropolitan travel. However, there would still be a need for high-performance cars for driving on the open highway. But they should be viewed as special purpose vehicles. Those who could afford them would own them while others would have a system of renting or leasing such special purpose automobiles. Thus we may be on the threshold of sharper specialization of automobiles.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Originally published in EPA Journal, February 1890, as cars of the Future.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Orski, C K
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 8-10
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM