CAN THIS CAR ELECTRIFY AMERICA?

The acceptance of electric vehicles as an energy-related technology is discussed. A power source devised by Gulf and Western Industries for electric vehicles may make electric cars less expensive to run than conventional cars, help minimize urban pollution, and save more than 600,000 barrels of oil by the year 2000. General Motors' Electrovette has a propulsion system with the range to cover 90% of round trips driven in the United States. Advanced battery technologies have potential for significant improvements in longevity and energy density (amount of power stored per kilogram). The zinc-chlorine battery has generally been considered the most uncertain and difficult of battery developments, although testing indicates that it is a superior battery. Cost estimates for electric vehicle batteries are given, and the anticipated market for electric vehicles is examined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Time Incorporated

    541 North Fairbanks Court
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Burck, C G
  • Publication Date: 1980-7-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389627
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 658
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM