The work performed by the General Electric Company and its subcontractors as part of the Near-Term Electric Vehicle Program from April 1977 through July 1979 is described. The purpose of this program was to develop and deliver to the DOE two advanced experimental electric cars known as Electric Test Vehicles (ETV's). These vehicles incorporate technology improvements to achieve a level of performance substantially better than previous state-of-the-art electric vehicles. Specific objectives were established for vehicle performance, safety, cost, and consumer acceptance. The vehicles were also specified to be suitable for production by the mid 1980's. The DOE objectives have generally been achieved. With some further advances in battery technology expected by 1982, all performance and cost objectives can be satisfied. The Electric Test Vehicles delivered under this contract were developed as a total system, with careful attention to the interactions between vehicle body and chassis, electrical drive subsystem, and propulsion battery. Beginning with the creation of system specifications, each step of the design and development process was controlled to achieve the best end result. Electrical, mechanical and control interfaces were also carefully analyzed and controlled to insure compatibility between subsystems. Each major subsystem of the electric Test Vehicle displays new technology developments which contribute to the vehicle's improved performance. The development process and significant technical accomplishments for each subsystem, (Vehicle, Electrical Drive, and Battery), are described. (ERA citation 06:018932)

  • Corporate Authors:

    General Electric Corporate Research & Development

    Schenectady, NY  United States 

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-28

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  • Pagination: 467 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00343320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: AC03-76CS51294
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM