EVALUATION OF TECHNIQUES FOR REDUCING IN-USE AUTOMOTIVE FUEL CONSUMPTION

This report presents an assessment of proposed techniques for reducing fuel consumption in the in-use light duty road vehicle fleet. Three general classes of techniques are treated: (1) modification of vehicles, (2) modification of traffic flow, and (3) modification of driver behavior. Examples of techniques in each category are (1) spark augmentation devices, improved carburetors, variable accessory operation; (2) right turn on red, intersection control; and (3) driver training, driver aid devices. In total, 17 different techniques, including 33 specific devices/concepts, are examined and evaluated. Factors included in the evaluation are fuel economy effects, safety impacts, availability for fleet implementation, and unit price. In addition, the implementation of each technique is assessed with regard to number of vehicles impacted, fuel savings effected, national cost, potential problems, and required lead time. A principal finding is the ranking of cost effective techniques in terms of their assessed potential for reducing fleet fuel consumption.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerospace Corporation

    Environment and Energy Conservation Division
    El Segundo, CA  United States  90245

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Space and Missile Systems Organization

    Los Angeles, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • FORREST, L
    • LEE, W B
    • SMALLEY, W M
  • Publication Date: 1981-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 330 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00343730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-NHTSA-81-13 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-805-833
  • Contract Numbers: F04701-77-C-0078
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM