Lucas Industries, A U.K.-based automotive and electrical equipment conglomerate, has developed an elect vehicle for urban commercial applications. The vehicle is a taxi weighing 2250 kb. 40% of which is the weight of a replaceable pack of 36 6-volt lead-acid batteries. Top speed is about 60 km/hr and range is about 160 km. Another firm, the Copper Development Association, has commissioned the development of an electric "town car", considered to be more applicable than the electric taxi in the U.S. The subcompact town car weighs 1330 kb and has a pack of 18 6-volt lead-acid batteries. It carries two passengers with reasonable space and comfort. Top speed is about 100 km/hr and range is about 120 km. In spite of these developments, however, an ERDA study has found that electric vehicles are not the ultimate remedy for energy and environmental problems. They appear to render useful service only where petroleum conservation is the important factor. Air quality would be little affected, and travel costs would be higher.

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    American Chemical Society

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  • Publication Date: 1976-3-8

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  • Accession Number: 00131660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1981 12:00AM