THE STATUS OF THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT, A REPORT TO THE DIRECTOR OF GENERAL TRANSPORT
Until a major breakthrough is made in battery technology the overall performance of electric vehicles when compared with equivalent internal combustion powered vehicles will continue to be poor. The possibility of liquid fuel shortages in the future is expected to increase the acceptability of electric vehicles. Because of the limited immediate market potential, it is unlikely that the large car manufacturing companies would produce electric cars or vans in the near term. It is more likely that a small company would produce electric vehicles built up from available vehicle bodies. Further funding by the State Government of the Flinders electric vehicle project should only be made where there is a firm indication that an electric vehicle or related component industry using its technology is to be established in South Australia. Nevertheless, it is felt that the use and evaluation of electric vehicles by the Government and private industry should be encouraged and that the Government consider taking several actions which would help to improve economic comparisons between the operation of an electric rather than an internal combusion engine vehicle.
South Australian Department of Economic DevelopmentAdelaide, Australia
- Publication Date: 1977-5
- Pagination: 63 p.
- TRT Terms: Economics; Electric automobiles; Electric batteries; Market surveys; Reviews; Safety; Structural design; Technology assessment
- Subject Areas: Economics; Energy; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00328312
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Files: NTIS
- Created Date: Apr 15 2003 12:00AM