In view of the heavy investments by governments and the private sector in industrialised countries in electric vehicle development an attempt is made to assess the extent to which these efforts will pay off, particularly in the us market. The impacts of two types of vehicles are examined: electric vehicles entirely dependent on energy stored in batteries, and hybrid vehicles equipped with both an electric motor and a small auxiliary internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles will continue to be serially produced at costs higher than comparable internal combustion engined cars until mass production can be justified by high sales. The US Department of Energy electric and hybrid vehicle demonstration programme is intended to help the electric vehicle break out of this vicious circle. If the US Department of Energy's demonstration programme ends successfully in 1985 the sri scenario depicts a slow but steady growth of the electric vehicle market through the 1980's, and predicts that total electric vehicle sales could reach about 60000 in 1990 in the us of which 35% would be Japanese imports. The motor industry is not so worried about the economics of mass production, the solution being that popular cars are being designed to take either internal combustion (ic) engines or electric motor propulsion. Therefore the body, chassis and most of the accessories will be mass-produced and electric versions could even be cheaper than the alternative ic cars. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Business Press Limited

    35 Perrymount Road
    Haywards Heath, Sussex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Swope, S
  • Publication Date: 1980-7-11

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 16-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324658
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM