The Impact is the result of a joint effort by General Motors and AeroEnvironment, and is considered by many to be the first practical electric car, as well as a model whose design advances may be adapted to other more conventionally powered vehicles. Fast, comfortable and energy-efficient, the Impact displays such developments as a low drag coefficient, easily rechargeable batteries, an induction motor, high horse power, low loss of energy to heat and friction, "dynamic braking" which regenerates electricity to charge batteries, and specially designed wheels which nearly halve normal rolling resistance. Other technologically innovative vehicles designed by Toyota, Volvo, Mercedes and BMW are described; none, however, are commercially available, a condition many attribute to low fuel costs and lack of federal incentive.

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    National Parking Association

    1112 16th Street, N.W., Suite 300
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Moore, C A
  • Publication Date: 1990-12

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  • Accession Number: 00604327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM