A summary of the Department of Energy (DOE) outlook on the future for electric and hybrid vehicles (EHV's) is based on the history of EHV's in the United States, the development of government interest leading to DOE's EHV program, and four years of its implementation in partnership with industry. The view is that EHV's offer fuel flexibility for transportation and significant petroleum savings, total energy saving advantages over alternatives, environmental advantages, favorable impact on electric utilities, and advantages to the consumer. DOE's EHV program is designed to assure the availability and broad market acceptance of vehicles that depend primarily on externally generated electricity for propulsion energy, thus minimizing dependence on imported oil while maintaining transportation flexibility. Five projects have been established by DOE: market demonstration; vehicle evaluation and improvement; electric vehicle commercialization; hybrid vehicle commercialization; and advanced vehicle development. DOE plans to stimulate mass production of improved electric vehicles by 1986 and of hybrid vehicles by 1988, and to develop full-performance EHV technology by the early 1990's as candidates for commercialization after 1995. A tabulated summary of performance standards and equipment requirements is provided.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Summary of paper, "A View of the Future Potential of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles," presented at the 7th Energy Technology Conference, Washington, DC, 24-26 March 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

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    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Kirk, R S
    • Davis, P W
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Accession Number: 00389625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 652
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM