Technology has been developed for an electric taxicab and a gasoline-electric hybrid car, and the annual production (in England) is predicted of 10,000 electric taxicabs for the home market and 40,00 (in a few years) for other European markets. The transmission of the taxi which is front-wheel drive has low loss double-reduction Morse Hyvo chain, and the road wheels are carried on new low-loss SKF bearings. The design will allow batteries to be changed as quickly as a gasoline fill-up is performed. Market studies have indicated that the major electric vehicle market is for light commercial vehicles with payloads of 1/2 to 3/4 ton. To be a viable investment, an electric vehicle would have to be operated 80 or 100 miles a day. A hybrid car where the electric motor is used as an assist to the internal combustion engine and will reduce gasoline consumption by 50 percent in city applications is also described. Laboratory dynamo tests have corroborated a computer analysis which showed fuel economy improvements of 30 to 100 percent for various vehicle configurations of a new prototype engine with electric drive train.

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    Marketing Services, Incorporated

    965 East Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI  United States  48207
  • Authors:
    • Bohn, J J
  • Publication Date: 1976-4-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1 p.
  • Serial:
    • Automotive News
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 4587
    • Publisher: Crain Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0005-1551

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  • Accession Number: 00131713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1981 12:00AM