This report establishes the patterns of motor vehicle ownership and use in Australia, examines the technical and operational features of electric cars, and assesses the environmental and economic impacts of a significant swing to such vehicles. The particular aspects of electric cars which are treated in detail are their performance characteristics and their effects on atmospheric pollution, noise, energy resources and the economic infrastructure of transport. In order to establish performance and energy use characteristics in an authoritative manner, considerable emphasis has been placed on the likely design parameters of battery cars which could have a significant market appeal. The actual performance of such cars is analysed by modelling techniques. The general conclusion of the report is that, despite limitations on range and performance, battery cars could be acceptable, for some types of urban travel, in their present state of development. However, under existing market conditions, it is unlikely that such vehicles would gain wide public acceptance. This situation could be reversed by deliberate regulation, by significant technical improvements in battery cars, or by increased operating costs for conventional cars. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Government Publishing Service

    The Treasury, Parkes Place
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2600,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 211 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125103
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R&D Rept., HS-017 479
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM