ELECTRIC VEHICLE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY-FOREIGN

Current research efforts and a computer analysis of foreign electrochemical traction battery technology utilizing various standardization and simulation techniques support the following ranking of foreign electric vehicle technology: United States; United Kingdom; Japan; Federal Republic of Germany; USSR; France; Italy; and Sweden. All-electric vehicle systems (battery-battery or battery-fuel cells) are not presently competitive, on an energy or power density basis, with conventional, fossil-fueled, internal combustion engine systems. All-electric vehicle systems, however, offer an alternate or complementary mode of transportation in major metropolitan areas by reducing atmospheric pollution and fossil fuel consumption. Advanced lead-acid, nickel-iron, and nickel-zinc traction batteries offer the greatest promise for urban transit vehicles(city buses, microbuses, and commuter cars). Commercial application of these electrochemical propulsion systems will receive considerable government and public support over the next 10 years in Europe, Japan, and the USSR. High-energy electrochemical propulsion systems such as the sodium-sulfur, lithium-sulfur, and metal-air traction battery systems are theoretically promising. Actual utilization of these power sources in small military and domestic vehicles is anticipated by the late 1980s.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Amendment A to Rept. no. DST-1850S-403-75, AD-A011 129.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Defense Intelligence Agency

    Pentagon
    Washington, DC  United States  20301
  • Authors:
    • Busi, J D
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DST-1850S-403A-75
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM