A SPARK OF LIFE? DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Although electric traction for road vehicles has been used for many years, present use is mainly confined to short range stop/start vehicle operation. While this type of vehicle is non-polluting in itself, the problem of pollution is simply being transferred to a power station generating source. The development of electric cars is being held back by the problem of energy density where they are at a disadvantage compared with petrol-engined vehicles. Current research work is centered on sodium-sulphur cells, iron-air batteries and further development of the lead-acid cell. Although another possible development is that of the hybrid vehicle, in which a petrol engine recharges a battery, or other form of energy storage, it is shown that apart from cost and weight penalties, the hybrid vehicle is only economical in town conditions. Finally, a number of electric-vehicle projects being developed world-wide are briefly mentioned. /TRRL/

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • BENNISON, R
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 815-818
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 215
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: GILLARD WELCH LIMITED
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM