HOW TO SAVE GASOLINE: PUBLIC POLICY ALTERNATIVES FOR THE AUTOMOBILE

This report is the first report is a series of three, which describes a study of alternative measures and public policies for conserving energy used by automobiles. The purpose of the study is twofold: 1) to develop analytical tools to aid in evaluating national energy conservation policies for private auto transportation; and 2) to apply the tools in a systematic analysis and comparison of several alternative policy instruments. The study is concerned with two types of policy instruments; those raising the price of driving and those designed to improve average auto fuel economy through requlatory means. Research findings suggest these policy alternatives: 1) increase the pump price of gasoline through taxes, for short term gasoline savings; 2) improve fuel economy through weight reduction and other technological improvements, for longer term gasoline saving; and 3) decrease the new car price of those automobiles that consume less gasoline. Appendices A, B, D, and E consist of summary descriptions of A) generalized automobile desing model; b) inputs for automobile design measures; D) the automobile fleet mix model; 5) the NAV model. Effectiveness of Emission Controls' is discussed in Appendix C; "Employment Impacts in Five Auto-Related Sectors in P; and "Gasoline Price Change Impacts by Earnings Group" in Appendix G.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Listed in 'Energy Research and Technology', NSE 75-6, May 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  USA  37831
  • Authors:
    • Wildhorn, S
    • Burright, B K
    • Enns, J H
    • Kirkwood, T F
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 168 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-1560-NSF
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM