A GENERALIZED MODEL FOR COMPARING AUTOMOBILE DESIGN APPROACHES TO IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY

The focus of the report is on the rapid increase in demand and the national goal of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign energy supplies, and the implications of this conflict for governmental policymaking. The report describes an automobile design model to assess the effects of design changes on fuel economy, lifetime energy required, sticker price, and annual cost of ownership of automobiles having specified acceleration capabilities, passenger and trunk compartment dimensions, and unrefueled range. This model has been used to evaluate the effects of several improvements such as radial tires, structural materials, and non-petroleum fuels. Results indicate that large savings in automobile energy consumption can be attained through technical improvements and that such savings in energy will also reduce the cost of ownership.

  • Corporate Authors:

    RAND Corporation

    1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90407-2138

    National Science Foundation

    Advanced Energy Research and Technology Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • Kirkwood, T F
    • Lee, A D
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-1562-NSF, NSF/RA/N-75-046
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-GI-44, NSF-SAI74-18660
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1976 12:00AM