LORDS PLUG A BOOST FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The article summarises the findings of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. It suggests that the governments financial support should match that of the manufacturers. The success of electric vehicles must depend on their commercial viability, and it should be demonstrated that they can compete with internal combustion engined vehicles before oil supplies actually run down. The Lords suggest that government should provide more guidance, and coordinate research effort more efficiently than it does at present. More financial support is required for research into hybrid vehicles and it is anticipated that a large infusion of government money will be required to offset the costs of scaling up production and building up a market. Battery leasing schemes should be considered. The electricity council should show more confidence in their own products by buying and using more electric vehicles. Public authorities should buy specialised electric vehicles in bulk. The committee expressed doubts about the suitability of the sodium sulphur cell as a power source for cars. (TRRL)

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Stansell, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-9-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 691
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 1217
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM