This section of the Congressional Record considers bill H.R. 8800, the Electric Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1975, which establishes a 5-year, 160 million dollar program under the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). The primary goal of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of electric vehicles, including the evaluation and demonstration of more than 7,500 vehicles over the next 5 years. The initial objective is the development of "second" cars and specialized delivery vans. Energy conservation is anticipated with the electric vehicles through their use on short (less than 5 miles) trips and in heavy traffic. It is also pointed out that electric vehicles are charged during the night, increasing the efficienty of the electric utility system since this is an off-peak time. Six studies conducted previously on electric vehicle technology and utilization are briefly summarized. These include a report of the Panel on Electrically Powered Vehicles, a symposium on Power Systems for Electric Vehicles, an Energy Task Force Report, a study of the impact of the future use of electric cars in the Los Angeles region, an evaluation of alternative power sources for low-emission automobiles by the Committee on Motor Vehicle Emissions of the National Academy of Sciences, and a report prepared by NSF on the role for Federal Research and Development on alternative automotive power systems. The heart of the present bill is considered to be the demonstration program, which will be carried out in three stages. The first stage involves a few hundred electric vehicles at the present state-of-the- art for in-use demonstration and evaluation. The second stage includes 2,500 vehicles which meet intial performance standards and criteria. The third stage involves 5,000 electric vehicles having advanced components and designs, and meeting appropriately advanced revised standards and criteria. ERDA will arrange to introduce the vehicles into Federal, State, and local government fleets, will undertake demonstration maintenance, and will disseminate safety and operating characteristics and data to appropriate consumer affairs groups. In considering appropriations, a summary of the funding history of electric vehicle research and development is presented. A list is included of electric vehicle manufacturers in the United States. Following this presentation, the bill was discussed by the Committee of the Whole.

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    Washington, DC  United States  20402-9325
  • Publication Date: 1975-9-5

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00126127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM